Welcome to my website. It has information about my books, and I look forward to hearing from you if you read them.
My blog is about what inspires my books, and the people and places I encounter while travelling with them.
My books have all been published by small independent publishers, and I’ve been lucky to win prizes for most of them. The latest is for a short memoir What Was Once A City, about something that happened in my first few months working for Save the Children. It’s just won 1st prize in Fish Publishing’s international memoir competition. Here’s a link to what the judge said about it: http://bit.ly/2IKWC6K
I enjoy talking about my books to groups and in festivals across the UK and elsewhere – see Events for details, with comments from organisers.
The two novels I am currently featuring are:
If you can walk, you can dance – now relaunched. In 1999 it won a Commonwealth Writers Prize for the best book in the Africa region. Published for the first time in India last year, it was nominated for the Bangalore Literature Festival Book Prize.
Uncertain Light – starts when a peace negotiator is taken hostage in the mountains of Tajikistan, and follows what happens to those closest to him.
It was short-listed for two international awards: the UK based Rubery Book Awards, and the US based Indie Book Awards.
I also edit the work of the leading Western scholar of Urdu literature, Ralph Russell. I worked with him for many years, and am now his literary editor.