Corona virus update

I normally teach a writing class in the community. Obviously we can’t meet at the moment, so I’ve started a new blog called Let’s Write – where I put each week’s creative writing suggestion online. Everyone’s welcome to have a go, and it’s all totally free – scroll down through the posts to see if there’s an idea that catches your eye!

I write books for children – here, in a wooden hut in the garden. These are some of the books I use to research what I need to know before I start to write. The corgi at the top of the pile came from Buckingham Palace. To be honest, it wasn’t a personal gift…


There’s lots more about the books and about writing on the rest of the site, but if there’s anything you want to ask, do use the contact sheet to get in touch.

To see my blog, click here. It’s called A Fool on a Hill, and it’s about books, but also about nature, and occasionally other things too. As mentioned above, I now have another blog too, called Let’s write! I was mainly thinking about the adults I teach when I wrote it, but children may well like to have a go at some of the ideas, too.

Jack Fortune – see it top right – is my latest book. The lovely review below will give you a taster of what it’s about, but it also has its own page here. Also on the right is the cover of the new edition of Warrior King, a book about Alfred the Great and his remarkable daughter Aethelflaed. (Excellent if you’re ‘doing’ the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings in school – or if you’re just interested in them.)


2 April 2018

Woohooo! What fun this is – a kind of young Indiana Jones meets Alan Quartermain with its own individual spin: the hero hunts plants rather than treasure. I originally bought a copy for a young relative, but after glancing at the first few pages decided I really ought to have my own before I creased the spine. And then spent a cold, wet Bank Holiday reading it, happily transported to warmer and more exotic climes – it’s a great read which keeps you hooked and turning the next page all the way through: exactly the sort of book I loved to read as a kid myself, and still really enjoyable now I’m sort of grown up. Adding to the excitement and believability is that it is not an improbable plot by any means but based on proper historical facts – but if you aren’t a history buff don’t let that put you off; this is a real rip-roaring adventure story from start to finish with thrills aplenty!