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I am currently on my final draft of a new children’s historical fiction adventure, set in Cumbria in the Second World War – “Angel of Grasmere”. 

Tarn grapples with the loss of her brother at Dunkirk as she faces the threat of Nazi invasion in the  countryside of the English Lakes in this gripping wartime tale.


I am very grateful to Kendal Libraries for access to their historical records and to  Grasmere School and their pupils for their help.

It will be published by Barrington Stoke on May 9, 2024.

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RESIST:One Girl’s Fight Back Against the Nazis 

My latest children’s story shines a light on the incredible work of the WWll Dutch resistance, in a story inspired by the childhood of Hollywood legend Audrey Hepburn.

As the brutal Second World War stretches on with no end in sight, life for ordinary Dutch people in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands is fraught with peril and hardship. But what can a teenage girl do and how much risk is she willing to take?

“I met our head of history immediately after your session and we have decided to make listening to a primary source interview a mandatory part of the scheme of work on the IWM website – this is directly as a result of your brilliant session. The students will get so much more out of their project by exploring the experiences of the wartime generation first hand. I am hoping that some students may visit the IWM in London over the Easter break and I am going to encourage them to do so. ” Librarian Cheney School

Rocky Takes LA

The Soccer Diaries is a brand new series starring Rocky Race, a British footballer looking to make it big in a US soccer school.

Rocky Race is going to be the best soccer player in the world! Rocky Race is not your average fourteen year old. She’s determined, ambitious and the best football player you’ve ever seen.

So, when she gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend a prestigious soccer camp in California, USA, she takes it. But far from home, Rocky suddenly finds herself out of her comfort zone. Fake friends, her own anxieties and a brand new world with strange rules all threaten to derail her new life before it’s even started – does Rocky have what it takes to succeed?

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Out May 2024 – Rocky’s Big Move

The exciting sequel in The Soccer Diaries series starring Rocky Race, a British footballer looking to make it big. 

Rocky Race is living the dream: she’s won a scholarship to a prestigious high school in Los Angeles, where she gets to play soccer and train for going pro. She’s got an amazing best friend, and a supportive mum and brother back home in the UK. But living away from home isn’t easy, and fitting in with American kids in high school is scary and new. Not to mention she has to keep her grades up if she wants to stay on the pitch! Will Rocky survive high school?

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