Halloween Infidelity

Halloween Infidelity

It’s Halloween, the end of the half-term holiday, so their huge Art Nouveau flat is not infested with the usual chaos and commotion of their new private school. Just her two children and her husband. She’s looking forward to seeing all three of them again, after her weekend away in the Tatra mountains. Forgiveness is still rife [...]

African Mr Darcy meets Jewish sex shop worker – love at first sight?

African Mr Darcy meets Jewish sex shop worker – love at first sight?

Extract from ONCE UPON A THOUSAND HILLS.  Tense interview between sex shop worker Naomi Lieberman and Rwandan Director of a London refugee centre.   I step inside the room, closing the door behind me. “Hello, I’m –” And suddenly, I stop. I’m lost for words. Even though only two words need follow. “Naomi Lieberman?” I nod. [...]

When love is forbidden

When love is forbidden

FOR SOME WE LOVED is a semi-autobiographical novel based on the complex relationship between a mother, a daughter, and a monk. Here's a very brief overview, followed by the first chapter.  In 1978 Leah Cavanagh, an attractive sixth form student who dreams of being a concert pianist, meets Brother Matthew Haddon on a retreat with [...]

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

The Diary Keeper  Wendy Skorupski It is the winter of 1992 in post-communist Poland. Leo Ferenc is an introverted bachelor with faded rock star looks, a club foot, and a chip on his shoulder. He owns a small photocopying shop in the heart of Krakow - a medieval city that is just waking up to [...]