“What sort of books do you write?”
I dread that question. Because I never have a good answer. It would be easier if I wrote horror stories, or thrillers or crime. People know where they stand with all that good stuff. I usually whitter on about ‘contemporary fiction’ and ‘you know, life’, until the person who asked gets bored and looks for someone else to talk to.
A better answer would be, I’ve written five novels for adults, covering a range of subjects including love, bereavement, family, parenthood, promiscuity, infidelity, and mortality. And I find these subjects contain more than enough horror, humour and mystery, thank you very much.
Maybe that’s what I’ll say next time I’m asked. You can read the blurbs of each, some reviews and the occasional article below. Better still, you can buy one of my books and make up your own mind. At last count, my novels have beeb translated into fourteen languages.
A year can go quickly. Particularly when it’s your last.
Adam had a good life: a job he enjoyed, a nice house, a loving partner and a bright six-year-old daughter. Then he cheated on his partner. Then she kicked him out of their home. And then he was given approximately twelve months to live.
Despite the devastating news, Adam is determined to turn his life around before it finally runs out. Help comes in the form of an ex-junky, a cantankerous train driver, a nun experiencing a crisis of faith, and a teenager intent on losing her virginity – all living on borrowed time, all desperate to feel alive before their time is up.
REVIEWS: The Last Act of Adam Campbell
“One of the most uplifting books I have read in a long time”
“Astoundingly good. Brave, wickedly funny and profoundly affecting. Wow!” — Miranda Dickinson
‘I’m broken!! Completely and utterly broken!! The Last Act of Adam Campbell is a wonderful book and I loved every single page”
Two Couples. One Reckless Night
Sally, Al and Mike have known each other for twenty years. Now approaching their fortieth birthdays, life has proven more unpredictable than they could have imagined. But despite the disappointments, heartaches and regrets, their friendship has endured.
And now there is Faye, Mike’s new girlfriend – still in her twenties, carefree and uninhibited. She reminds the friends of their younger selves, of old loves and missed chances.
Maybe Faye influenced what happened next? Why they did what they did. Whatever the reasons, one reckless night is about to change all of their lives for ever.
“A stylish portrayal of four people who make way too much history in one night. I couldn’t put it down.” — Catherine Isaac
“Secrets and lies have a nasty habit of coming out at the least appropriate time . . . moving, thought-provoking and beautifully written” —Daily Mail
Right Person. Wrong Time
After jilting his childhood sweetheart on the eve of their wedding, Henry makes a break for London. He has no friends, no job, no home, no plan.
Zoe has great friends, two jobs, a new house, and a big scary plan. After a traumatic, life-changing event, she plans to leave London and spend a year travelling. Alone.
If Henry and Zoe had met one year ago, things might have worked out differently. But that s not the way life works. They meet seven months after their worlds have been turned upside down. And four months before Zoe is due to climb on a plane…
REVIEWS: The Trouble with Henry and Zoe
“One of those few novels that deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as One Day.” — The Sun
“A touching, funny story that shows life always throws up the unexpected.” — Woman and Home
Falling in love is the easy part. What matters most is what happens next…
Fisher and Ivy have been an item for a whole nineteen days. And they just know they are meant to be together. The fact that they know little else about each other is a minor detail. Over the course of twelve months, in which their lives will change forever, Fisher and Ivy discover that falling in love is one thing, but staying there is an entirely different story.
The Two of Us is a charming, honest and heart-breaking novel about life, love, and the importance of taking neither one for granted.
REVIEWS: The Two of Us
“Honest, gripping, bittersweet and very funny” —Jenny Colgan
“Frank, funny and bittersweet, The Two of Us is a book with its heart firmly in the right place” —Louise Candlish
“Sincere, honest, moving and funny” — Heat
Before Tom finds The One . . . he needs to find himself.
When Tom’s girlfriend walks out on him the day before Christmas, he feels humiliated but not necessarily heartbroken. Sadie wasn’t, after all, The One. If we’re being precise, she was number eighty-five.
Tom’s first mistake is sharing this information with his best friend El. His next mistake is listening when El suggests that he bring his eighty-five up to a nice, neat one hundred.
It was never going to be a good idea, not least because everything else in Tom’s life is in complete chaos. His best friend is dying of a slow and cruel disease, his teenage sister is at war with his well-meaning but dogmatic father, his elderly neighbour is having romantic problems (and makes a dreadful cup of tea), and he has to shoot four commercials with four children and a bad-tempered producer.
And then Tom meets Verity. Whether she’s The One remains to be seen, but she’s certainly more than just another number.
REVIEWS: Girl 99
“Huge-hearted, snort-your-tea funny and completely life affirming, it’s the perfect feel-good story.”
“Only a very talented writer can write about a man who is an idiot and yet still make you love him.”
“To say I loved it is an understatement” —Bella magazine