A Dish of Apricots
Philip Williams is the Catastrophe Kid. If anything can go wrong in his life, it will. Calamity follows calamity and he begins to believe that his existence is ruled by a malevolent star. He remains buoyant in the face of adversity until, that is, he finds himself on a collision course with the rogue-star itself. Philip’s quest for love and freedom takes him from the Welsh seaside, through turmoil in London, to what seems to be a haven in Provence.
The Northern Elements
The Northern Elements is so called because the ancient elements of earth, air, fire, and water are thematic threads woven into the story. Set in Lancashire, in 1890 and 1960, the novel involves two gangs of small boys and their adventures, seventy years apart.
The tragic secret that links the the two gangs only emerges in the second part of the book, which is set in the present day.
Humphrey & Jack
Humphrey is a retired academic. Jack is a seventeen year-old going off the rails. When Jack trashes Humphrey’s garden it is the beginning of an unlikely friendship in which both stand to gain. But when Humphrey is accused of a crime he did not commit, Jack cannot be found. Is this misfortune or a deliberate betrayal?
The five stories in Cherries are not linked although the fruit appears in each of them as a kind of signature. Like cherries, the stories are sweet and dark, and written in a virtuoso range of styles.
The Swan Diptych
Diptych: a painting or carving (often an altarpiece) on two panels, hinged like a book. The two stories in The Swan Diptych are likewise hinged, sometimes obviously, sometimes more subtly. Both depict the consequences of the folly and overweening pride of those who are clothed in ‘a little brief authority’. In the year 1387, King…
Why does Robert Reith, a reclusive classics don, wish to destroy a popular government minister, Sir Philip Nocton? And who is the elusive Martin who appears to link them? Martin takes us back to the secret games of their childhood friendship to discover why Reith employs the Dark Web to drive Nocton to desperation. It…
The Mouse Triptych
The Mouse Triptych is a trilogy of stories where mice, in one way or another, tangle with humans. In A Stroke of Genius, a mastermind among mice, seeking refuge from a bitter winter, finds his way into a big Victorian house. Its once-grand rooms are now occupied by a shabby old scholar who has a…
Come Away, O Human Child
This quartet of tales was written at various times and in various moods. Hibernation may be seen as a warning to parents that a little white lie may become subject to the law of unintended consequences. Duck tells of a power struggle between an older and a younger boy during a holiday in Wales. Just…