Work in progress

So many books, so little time.
Inevitably I work on several things at once: some nearly finished, some underway, some just scribbles.
When I’m devoting a significant amount of time and thought to a project, you can follow its progress here.

I use Pinterest boards as sourcebooks for projects, vague ideas, drafts and doodles.




Grace is a novel for adults, based on the intertwined lives of the Irish pirate and rebel Grace O’Malley (Granuaile) and Queen Elizabeth I of England. It is told in two voices, beginning with the moment the two women met at Greenwich Palace in 1593.

Here are my blog posts about researching and writing Grace.


Wildfall is a fantasy adventure for teenagers. It’s about a rebellion and a war. And eagles.

War Songs

War Songs is a (draft) novel for adults set on the Somme during World War One.


Sublime explores the idea that the way we travel and see the world now is all about searching for the sublime. It combines travel memoir, literary history, philosophy … and wonder.

I’m in the early stages of work on Sisterhood, investigating my own family’s involvement in the stories of the campaigns for women’s suffrage and for peace in the UK and Australia before and during the First World War.

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