I write books for children – here, in a wooden hut in the garden. You can see here some of the books I used to research the books you can see on the right of this page. (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. (And teachers – if you think it might be useful for me to do a Zoom talk about any of these books, do get in touch and we can discuss.)

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. I do have another blog too, called Let’s write! I started it at the beginning of the pandemic, as a way of carrying on teaching my writing class: I post a new writing task there each week. 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 the cover 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!