This was my first novel and was entered in the Richard and Judy How To Get Published competition. There were 43,000 entries, and while I didn't win, Macmillan, who were judging the competition, wrote to me and said they liked my book and subsequently published it in 2007. The novel tells the story of Annie, newly-widowed and struggling with very mixed feelings about the death of her abusive husband.
The Birds, the Bees and Other Secrets
Also published by Macmillan, in 2008, has many autobiographical elements. This novel is dedicated to the memory of my eccentric mother, upon whom some of the novel is based, and tells of a young woman growing up in a chaotic household, and ultimately learning to face the after-effects of childhood abuse. This novel sold rights in France and Holland as well as in the UK.
Basic Theology for Fallen Women
This was first published in 2012, with a new edition out in 2017. It recounts the lives and loves of three very different women, who form an unlikely friendship after being recruited into a “Basic Theology” class intended to encourage them, among others, to mend their ways. Unfortunately, the meetings have the opposite effect…