…in ten snapshots
I’m an ex-Reuter’s foreign correspondent turned fiction writer.
I write about history because that’s my favourite genre to read.
When I began researching the First World War for War Girls, then The Goose Road, I took the complete works of the English war poet Wilfred Owen with me to France because I’d found his poems so powerful when we studied them at school that I somehow needed to ask his permission to trespass on his life & times.
I was born in the Year of the Rat, which might be why I like them so much.
I don’t like politicians who distort or ignore scientific evidence, especially evidence about our fragile & endangered natural world.
If I won the lottery tomorrow, I’d take my family on an African safari.
Once, at dusk on the banks of the Zambezi, I left my canoe partner behind to find somewhere private to bathe. Stooping at a bend in the river, a crocodile popped up a few feet away, our eyes almost level as he sized me up for his supper.
I’ve reported from three continents and been mugged on four.
A gap year from Reuter’s turned into decades after I met a scallop diver; we are still happily married.
I’m qualified as a fishing boat crew, holding certificates in first aid at sea, fire fighting at sea and sea survival.