Hello

 

The story I’ve been working on this year, School for Skylarks, is scheduled to be published on the 27th July 2017. It’s currently at copy-editing stage with my publishers, Macmillan.

It’s 1939, the outbreak of the blitz, and young Lyla Spence has been torn from her Mother’s home in London and taken by her Father to Furlongs, the large and mysterious country home of her Great Aunt Ada. Lyla, who has never known a friend nor been to school, and whose parents have been at the centre of a scandalous divorce, is an angry, lonely child – lonely that is, until an entire school of girls suddenly arrives at Furlongs and turns her world inside out…

The moment the story you’ve lived with for so long is about to turn into a printed book always makes me a little uneasy. Maurice Sendak wrote about what it’s like to give birth to a book: ‘And then it goes out into the world, and your child, who was so private and who was living with you for two years, now its everybody’s child …’

Either way, it appears it is already available for pre-order on Amazon!

Best wishes,

Latest Book

‘We’re going to a fine place,’ Idie told Homer to console him, ‘with gullies and monkeys and hummingbirds.’ Idie Grace is twelve when she inherits a grand old house on a Caribbean island, and is sent away from grey old England to a place where hummingbirds hover and monkeys clamber from tree to tree. As a lady of property Idie can do as she pleases, so she fills the house with exotic animals, keeps her beloved horse in the hallway, and carries a grumpy, talking cockatoo calle …

Read More

News

Young Quills Shortlist 2017

Posted on 25/05/17

The House on Hummingbird Island has made the Young Quills Shortlist this year! The Young Quills competition allows young …

Read More

Currently Reading

The Graveyard Book

By Neil Gaiman

See All