I don’t often open a newspaper and see a photo of someone I’ve met, but last week there looking out at me was Rhoda Ibrahim. She’s a Somali woman in her late 50s, in the news for her community work in Brent.… Read more
I’ve just finished checking the proofs for my new book, Journeys Without a Map — almost ready now to go to the printers. I’ve been surrounded by the people in it, real people, who have made my life what it is, and inspired my stories.
This one goes back to 1977, when we had recently arrived in Britain, casualties of a political crisis in Zambia where we had been living.… Read more
Theatres are opening again in the UK. I have booked tickets to take our grandchildren to one as a pre-Christmas treat. We have got so out of the habit of making future plans that I don’t really believe it will happen, but it’s got me thinking about where my own love-affair with theatre began, when I was the age of the youngest of our grandchildren.… Read more
When my novel Uncertain Light was published, I started a blog which my friends were kind enough to occasionally read. It followed me on my travels, and by some means I never quite understood, in a couple of years it acquired over 1,000 readers. Then, like a once-loved old building, it fell into disuse.… Read more
I blog about once a month. The current series is about people who have influenced me, inspired my fiction, and keep me optimistic about human nature.
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