In this, the closing year of the centenary of the 1914-1918 war, there’s a wealth of information online about the First World War, or the Great War as people called it back then, as well as scores of new books and novels, TV documentaries and thousands of hours of radio broadcasts, all looking back at this terrible period in history, and trying to make sense of a conflagration that seems at first sight to have little rhyme or reason.

The Goose Road looks at one momentous year of the war – 1916 – through the eyes of a young French peasant girl, forced to work the land with her mother after her brother and father were both conscripted to fight at the Front, and their plough horse taken to pull cannons and ambulance carts.

For schools, The Goose Road offers cross curriculum opportunities to study English, creative writing, French rural society, social and military history, scientific history and science as well since the original inspiration for the book was the source of the Spanish influenza pandemics of 1918 and 1919, which killed up to 100 million people, according to the latest estimates.

Please check out the category “Resurrecting the Past” in the Practical Writing Tips drop-down box for more details about my research into WW1, also The Goose Road category for articles about the book itself. Walker Books in Australia has written teaching notes to accompany the book. I’ll find a link and post it here soon or you could Google it.

If your interest is less in World War One and more in the craft of writing, then please do look around my other blog posts. These are also easiest to navigate via the Practical Writing Tips box. Here you’ll find tricks of the writing trade, self-editing tools, and posts about my own journey to publication. For a little light relief, you’ll also find at least one gallery of pictures of my darling dog – with more to follow, no doubt!

School librarians & teachers: if you would like to discuss a Skype or actual author visit, please follow me on Twitter and we can DM. Alternatively, email me via I’m a trained children’s fiction editor as well as a fiction writer, also an international journalist with 35 years experience, and a mentor for adult creative writers. I’m happy to talk to classes from Y6 to sixth form, and also to devise bespoke creative writing workshops.