I live in London, and I love its cultural diversity. I’ve been writing fiction for decades, but for most of that time I was doing it alongside a full-time job. For some years I organised English classes for adults, setting up a community project where people from many different backgrounds contributed and formed friendships. Among those learning English were recently arrived asylum seekers, so we set up a support organisation to help with their transitions to life in Britain.
I had grown up in South Africa, and left because of opposition to the apartheid regime. Then I lived with my young family in Zambia at a time of profound social change. We had to leave suddenly as a result of a political crisis, which has helped me understand what refugees go through. Once my daughters were young adults I worked for Save the Children internationally, based in London but travelling to support staff in countries across Asia and Africa. It was a life-changing experience, learning from people who have to cope with unrelenting poverty, political oppression, and war.
My latest book, Journeys Without a Map – a writer’s life tracks some of those experiences, and how they have inspired my writing. That includes my family — my parents, trying to imagine the world as it was when they were growing up 100 years ago — my grandchildren, who have kept me focused on here-and-now while I’m creating fictional worlds — my daughters, who navigate challenges I never had to face at a similar age, and are active environmentalists, working to limit the damage human life does to the world we all depend on.
This website gives details about each of my books and related activities. For a quick way to find out if you’re likely to enjoy what I write, sign up to my occasional blog. I look forward to hearing from you.