Hello, and thank you for visiting my site. I hope that you'll return often and always find something of interest about my world and what inspires me to pick up a pen. (This is a figure of speech, unfortunately. My handwriting is terrible!) Here's what I've been up to recently...
I’m proud to have Deborah Moggach’s permission to pass on her kind words about one of the stories in my third collection. The author of the brilliant The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and many other best selling novels has emailed me to say that she enjoyed Vainglory hugely and felt ‘so much at home in it’. Like Debby’s earlier novel ‘Tulip Fever’, it was inspired by a 17th century Dutch masterpiece and is one of my favourites amongst all the many short stories that I’ve written.
The ‘genre paintings’ of contemporary domestic interiors by artists such as De Maes, De Hooch, Ter Borch and Vermeer are so detailed that ‘experts’ argue for hours about hidden messages, whilst fiction writers are free to let their imaginations run riot. Some of the happiest days of my youth were spent in Amsterdam and I thoroughly recommend a visit to the famous Rijksmuseum, now open once again after ten years of rebuilding, renovation and restoration.
Swings & Roundabouts is available from Amazon as a separate eBook or as part of an eBook or paperback omnibus edition of my three short story collections.
6 September, 2013