The Shadow of Atlantis




"A fabled city lost to time, a distant place we can't recall ... "


Three 10-year-old children, one Tonkinese cat, four golden owl charms, an old book, and a special key that unlocks the secrets of the Shadows of the Past.

The stage is set for a thrilling ride through the pages of history…




The Shadow of the Minotaur


"Beneath the palace lie tunnels deep.

A maze is where the beast doth sleep ..."


10-year-old twins Jemima and Joe Lancelot, their best friend Charlie and their Tonkinese cat Max, are on the trail of the twins’ missing parents who are trapped somewhere in the mists of time.

Their second journey into the past takes them to ancient Crete, where they must brave the labyrinth beneath the palace of Knossos, home to the dreaded Minotaur – a monstrous creature that feasts on human flesh. A perilous adventure awaits the time-travelling foursome.



The Shadow of the Trojan Horse

"It started with an apple and ended with a horse.

Accepting gifts from Greeks was a big mistake, of course ..."


The Trojan War is just a game for the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece, but it’s no laughing matter for Jemima and Joe Lancelot when they are transported back in time to Troy, slap-bang in the middle of the deadly conflict.

Still on the trail of their missing parents who are lost somewhere in the past, the twins, together with best friend Charlie and their talking cat Max, do all they can to prevent the destruction of the famous city.

Can the children persuade the Trojans to reject the Greeks’ gift of the Wooden Horse or will it prove impossible to change the course of history?


The Shadow of the Pyramid

"The boy king's death mask gleams in gold,

But hides a tale which must be told ..."


Terrified of Egyptian mummies, Max the talking Tonkinese cat is a bag of nerves when he travels back in time to ancient Egypt with his owners, twins Jemima and Joe Lancelot, and their friend Charlie.

As they continue their search for the twins’ missing parents who are trapped somewhere in the past, the young time-travellers arrive at the court of Tutankhamun where they uncover a plot to assassinate the young Pharaoh.

Can they save his life and will they make it safely back to their own time before the plotters discover their true identities?

The Shadow of the Volcano

"The mountain cracks and spews out fire,

The daytime sky turns black as night ..."

The ancient Roman town of Pompeii lies in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, but its inhabitants are blissfully unaware of the deadly threat of the volcano that is about to devastate their lives.

Still on the hunt for their missing parents who are lost in the pages of history, twins Jemima and Joe Lancelot travel back into the past once again, together with best friend Charlie, and Max their talking Tonkinese cat.

Disaster strikes as soon as they arrive, when the children find themselves being sold at a slave auction in the Forum. Trapped in the household of a wealthy Pompeian, how will they manage to escape before the town is buried by the erupting volcano?


"In days of yore, a tale was told

of swords and stones, and knights so bold ..."


“A Lion from the future will come to save the Bear,

Accompanied by children, three – one dark, the others fair…”


Who are the Lion and the Bear mentioned in this ancient prophecy? The answer lies in the mythical kingdom of Camelot.


Another thrilling adventure awaits time-travelling twins Jemima and Joe Lancelot, their best friend Charlie, and Tonkinese cat Max, when they journey into the past to uncover the truth behind the legend of King Arthur.


The Shadow of Camelot

The Shadow of the Norman Arrow

"The Northmen sail across the sea.

The king must fight to keep us free ... "


The Battle of Hastings will soon be fought on English soil. King Harold knows the Norman invasion is coming, but he must first head up north to fight the Vikings, unaware that help is on its way from the 21st century.

Still searching for their missing parents who are lost somewhere in the past, twins Jemima and Joe Lancelot travel back in time to the year 1066, together with best friend Charlie and Max, their talking Tonkinese cat.

Many dangerous adventures await them during a hazardous journey across the country to help the king repel the invaders. Will they be able to turn the tide of history, or will Harold fail to heed their advice?

Max's Arabian Adventure



In this short companion adventure to the SHADOWS OF THE PAST series, Max the talking Tonkinese cat goes on a solo mission without his usual time-travelling companions. Snatched from the house where he lives with eleven-year-old twins Joe and Jemima Lancelot, Max is dragged back into the past by an evil magician who has lined him up to perform a special task.

Torn away from all he holds dear, the despondent cat fears he may never be able to return to the present and his beloved owner, Jemima. What will become of him? Will he make it back or will he be condemned to remain forever in a distant time and place, far from home?

Max's Christmas Adventure





A second solo adventure awaits Max the time-travelling Tonkinese cat in this short tale. Invited to accompany a well-known figure on a whirlwind trip into the past, he sets off on a mission to search for something very precious to his owners Jemima and Joe Lancelot - their missing parents. The hunt reveals tantalising clues to this mystery and ends with a special surprise for the twins.

The Shadow of the Two Princes

"Two princes fair, one uncle mean,

A tower of blood, a tragic scene ..."


Twins Jemima and Joe Lancelot’s Uncle Richard is kind and caring, but the two princes imprisoned in the Tower of London aren’t so lucky, because their Uncle Richard is very different.

On a journey back in time to the year 1483, the twins undertake a daring mission. Together with friend Charlie and their talking cat Max, they must rescue the princes from certain death at the hands of their wicked uncle – the infamous villain, King Richard III.

Is this a task too far for the young time-travellers? Will their plan succeed, or must they risk their own lives to save the two boys?

Max's Midnight Adventure





Max the talking Tonkinese cat has an unpleasant surprise when he finds himself trapped in the attic one night.  Will he escape the clutches of the Christmas fairy, a regiment of soldiers and three obstreperous French hens in time to enjoy a holiday with his family?

One thing’s for sure, the Twelve Days of Christmas will never seem quite the same again.

Max's Undercover Adventure



Max the talking Tonkinese cat has his 4th solo adventure in this short tale to accompany the Shadows of the Past series.

Snatched from his home in the middle of the night, Max is spirited away to a secret location. There, in the company of other animals, he is put through exhausting physical exercises and tough endurance tests – a true nightmare for the comfort-loving feline.

But who are the shadowy figures in charge and why has he been taken to their training camp?

Will Max discover the truth about his mysterious undercover adventure?

The Shadow of the Tudor Rose


"The Tudor Rose is white and red,

Two houses joined to end bloodshed ..."


In 1588, a plot to invade England and overthrow Queen Elizabeth is being hatched by her enemies.

At this crucial moment in English history, four visitors from the future arrive in Elizabethan London. Twins Jemima and Joe Lancelot, together with friend Charlie and their talking cat Max, embark on their 9th journey into the past as they continue the search for their missing parents who are lost somewhere in the mists of time.

Finding themselves tangled in a web of conspiracy, can the young time-travellers unravel the mystery of the Tudor Rose?

Max's Hallowe'en Adventure





In his 5th solo mini-adventure, Max the talking Tonkinese cat, the feline hero of the SHADOWS OF THE PAST series, travels back in time to the mid-17th century. He doesn’t understand how this has happened until he recognises his surroundings and realises it isn't the first time he’s been to this place. Why has he been brought to this tumbledown cottage in the middle of nowhere? All is about to be revealed…


The Shadow of the Witchfinder

"He seeks them out, he hunts them down - will they float, or will they drown?"


In the mid-17th century, Matthew Hopkins, the Witchfinder General, was hunting down suspected witches in East Anglia.

Following on from Max's Hallowe'en Adventure, the Lancelot twins, together with their talking cat Max and friend Charlie, journey back in time to the county of Essex in the year 1645. They are on a special rescue mission but soon find themselves in great danger.

When Jemima and Max are overheard talking to each other, she is suspected of sorcery and it’s only a matter of time before they all fall into the hands of … the Witchfinder.


Max's Royal Adventure



The rightful King of England is on the run. With a price on his head and in fear for his life, Charles Stuart is desperate to escape his pursuers, the Parliamentarians who executed his father. A rich reward has been offered for his capture and everyone is on the lookout for the young man. Nowhere is safe. How will he manage to flee the country without help?


Never fear – the Guardians of Time have a Special Agent lined up for the job … but he just so happens to be a cat!

The Shadow of the Great Fire

"Behold the city all aflame! Houses blaze like rotten sticks.

Above the roofs, along the streets, the ever-creeping fire licks..."


In 1666, as London recovers from a deadly plague, an even bigger disaster is about to strike the old medieval city with its wooden buildings and narrow streets. A small spark is all it takes for the whole place to go up in flames, but is this a simple accident or a deliberate act of sabotage?

Towards the end of August, days before the Great Fire will break out, three time-travelling children and their talking cat land on the doorstep of one of the most famous figures of the 17th century. Can they discover why they’ve been sent there before it’s too late? Time is running out…

The Shadow of the Slave Ship ... coming next


"Carried off across the sea and taken to a distant shore,

Shackled, sold, no longer free, my life is changed for ever more..."


When a ship returning from the Caribbean arrives in the 18th century port of Bristol, one of its passengers, a young boy known as Cuffey, escapes from his master. Fleeing through the busy docks, the runaway slave is determined to make his way London where he hopes to find his brother but he has no idea what to do next… until he bumps into three other children who have also just landed in the city. Travellers of a different kind, this trio and their cat have journeyed not from a different country, but from another time – the 21st century.

After rescuing Cuffey from his pursuers, the time-travelling youngsters join forces with their new friend to help him in his quest, embarking on an adventure that will eventually lead them to the home of one of the most famous scholars of the age – Dr Samuel Johnson.

The Shadow of the Shifting Sands ... to follow

"A once rich city lost from sight, swallowed up by endless night,

Now forgotten and far from view, its buried treasures wait for you..."


Miles and miles of nothing but sand; massive dunes like golden mountains stretch as far as the eye can see, and a heat haze shimmers beneath the punishing glare of the desert sun. This is the sight that greets four travellers from the future when they arrive in the Rub' Al Khali desert, otherwise known as the Empty Quarter.

But what has brought them to this inhospitable environment? Only Max knows the answer, for he has been here before…