Boris the Beast

Boris the Beast

On her first day working as an au pair at Cliff House, Kitty discovers the true colours of the family pet, Boris the Mad Belgian Malinois. .......... “BORIS!” I yell as the sodding animal wrenches the lead out of my hand and bounds off after a large ball that appears out of nowhere. “Boris! Come [...]

Her Last Coherent Thought

Her Last Coherent Thought

Here’s a preview of my latest novel. Following a traumatic incident that occurred halfway through her university course, quirky Kitty O’Hara has secluded herself in her home town these last two years, finding herself angry and aimless in life. When she gate-crashes the graduation ball of her former friends, she reaches rock bottom and realizes that something [...]

Koreans, Autism and Isolation – How ‘Miracle Creek’ Hits Close to Home

Koreans, Autism and Isolation – How ‘Miracle Creek’ Hits Close to Home

I was wondering whether to put ‘Cultural Differences’ instead of ‘Koreans’ in my title. Could ‘Koreans’ somehow sound a bit …  I don’t know … politically incorrect, I wondered. Especially since the word is followed by ‘autism’ and ‘isolation’, neither of which has positive associations. But no, I decided to stick to ‘Koreans’. After all, [...]

The Tattooist of Auschwitz – is it ignoble to criticise a noble book?

The Tattooist of Auschwitz – is it ignoble to criticise a noble book?

First of all, let me emphasise that this truly is a noble book. Really, I mean it. I’m not being facetious. Even though I’m about to embark upon a few critical thoughts, I still fervently maintain that this is a noble book. And for that reason alone, I say Hats off to the author, Heather Morris. [...]

Sex, Lies and Genocide – dangerous premise for a novel?

Sex, Lies and Genocide – dangerous premise for a novel?

For the last two years I have been writing, re-writing, changing the title, re-writing yet again, and at last finalising my latest novel, which was inspired by my trip to Rwanda in October 2016. In a nutshell, Once Upon a Thousand Hills is a very modern love story that blends a risky cocktail of sex, [...]