The Books


The Lion Tamer Who Lost is my fourth novel and will be released in the summer of 2018 on Kindle, and in September in paperback.

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And here is the blurb…

Long ago Andrew made a childhood wish. One he has always kept in a silver box with a too-big lid that falls off. When it finally comes true, he wishes it hadn’t…

Long ago Ben dreamed of going to Africa to volunteer at a lion reserve. When he finally goes there, it isn’t for the reasons he imagined…

Ben and Andrew keep meeting where they least expect. Some collisions are by design, but are they for a reason? Ben’s father would disown him for his relationship with Andrew, so they must hide their love. Andrew is determined to make it work, but secrets from his past threaten to ruin everything…

Ben escapes to Zimbabwe to finally fulfil his lifelong ambition. But will he ever return to England? To Andrew? To the truth?

A dark and poignant drama, The Lion Tamer Who Lost is also a mesmerisingly beautiful love story, with a tragic heart…


Maria in the Moon, my third novel, was released in 2017. It got to no 22 in the WHSmith chart, was a bestseller on Amazon, a Must Read in the Sunday Express, and a Book of The Year 2017 at LoveReading. The Irish Times compared it to Maggie O’Farrell. Prima magazine called it a ‘beautiful and compassionate read.’

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Here’s the blurb…

‘Long ago my beloved Nanny Eve chose my name. Then one day she stopped using it. I try now to remember why, but I just can’t.’

Thirty-one-year-old Catherine Hope has a great memory. But she can’t remember everything. She can’t remember her ninth year. She can’t remember when her insomnia started. And she can’t remember why everyone stopped calling her Catherine-Maria.

With a promiscuous past, and licking her wounds after a painful breakup, Catherine wonders why she resists anything approaching real love. But when she loses her home to the devastating deluge of 2007 and volunteers at Flood Crisis, a horrifying memory emerges …and changes everything.

Dark, poignant and deeply moving, Maria in the Moon is an examination of the nature of memory, of truth, and of the defences we all build to protect ourselves, when reality is too disturbing to contemplate…

And you can order it here – Maria in the Moon


How to be Brave – my debut novel – was released in 2015, and is available on Kindle, in paperback and as an audiobook, read by the amazing Finty Williams, daughter of Judi Dench. It was a Guardian Reader’s Pick 2015 and got to Number 4 in the Amazon Kindle Chart. The Irish Times called it ‘deft and full of emotion.’ It has almost 200 reviews on Amazon, 87% of them 5*, and over 350 ratings on Goodreads.

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Here’s the blurb…

All the stories died that morning … until we found the one we’d always known.

When nine-year-old Rose is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, Natalie must use her imagination to keep her daughter alive.  They begin dreaming about and seeing a man in a brown suit who feels hauntingly familiar, a man who has something for them.  Through the magic of storytelling, Natalie and Rose are transported to the Atlantic Ocean in 1943, to a lifeboat, where an ancestor survived for fifty days before being rescued. Poignant, beautifully written and tenderly told, How To Be Brave weaves together the contemporary story of a mother battling to save her child’s life with an extraordinary true account of bravery and a fight for survival in the Second World War.  A simply unforgettable debut that celebrates the power of words, the redemptive energy of a mother’s love … and what it really means to be brave.

Here’s where you can order it…

How to be Brave on Kindle

How to be Brave paperback

How to be Brave audiobook

Here’s a wonderful picture of Grandad Colin, one of the inspirations behind the book, and his lifeboat at the moment of the amazing rescue.



My second novel, The Mountain in my Shoe, was released in 2016. It longlisted for the Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize, and was a bestseller on Amazon.

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And here’s the blurb…

A missing boy.  A missing book.  A missing husband.  A woman who must find them all to find herself.

On the night Bernadette finally has the courage to tell her domineering husband that she’s leaving, he doesn’t come home.  Neither does Conor, the little boy she’s befriended for the past five years. Also missing is his lifebook, the only thing that holds the answers.  With the help of Conor’s foster mum, Bernadette must face her own past, her husband’s secrets and a future she never dared imagine in order to find them all.  Exquisitely written and deeply touching, The Mountain in My Shoe is both a gripping psychological thriller and a powerful and emotive examination of the meaning of family … and just how far we’re willing to go for the people we love.

Order the book here…

The Mountain in my Shoe on Kindle

The Mountain in my Shoe in paperback