The Shadow of the Great Fire is now available on Kindle and in paperback versions.




In 1666, as London recovers from a deadly plague, the old medieval city with its narrow streets has become a tinderbox. After a long, hot summer,  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 is due to 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…





JULY 2020

The Shadow of the Tudor Rose is on the list of 15 Premier Finalists in the Chanticleer (Gertrude Warner Middle Grade Fiction) International Book Awards. Winners to be announced in September...

JUNE 2020

All 16 books in my series to date have won a "Recommended Read" award in the 2020 Author Shout Reader Ready Awards.





MARCH 2020

The Shadow of the Tudor Rose was  a finalist in the Book Excellence Awards.



The Shadow of Camelot has won 2 medals in the 2019 Literary Classics Book Awards - silver for Historical Fiction for Middle Grade readers and gold for the best book in the Folklore category.



The Shadow of the Volcano has won the Bronze Medal for Children's Educational Fiction in this year's READERS' FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS.

JULY 2019




The Shadow of the Tudor Rose

was shortlisted in this year's


making it into the top six entries in the

Children's Fiction category.



The Shadow of the Tudor Rose has won two medals in this year's CHILDREN'S LITERARY CLASSICS BOOK AWARDS - Gold for best Historical Children's Fiction and Silver in the Educational category.


The Shadow of Camelot received an Honourable Mention in the

2018 Readers' Favorite Book Awards

JULY 2018


The Shadow of the Two Princes was a finalist in this year's International Rubery Book Awards, being shortlisted in the top 5 Children's and Young Adult Fiction category.

APRIL 2018


The Shadow of the Tudor Rose won a Silver Award in the Nautilus Book Awards



Many thanks to Amity International School Abu Dhabi for inviting me to visit them at the start of their World Book Week celebrations. I spent a wonderful day with Years 4-6, hearing all about their work on Greek Myths, and sharing The Shadow of the Minotaur and The Shadow of the Trojan Horse with them. The young students I met are a real credit to their school and I was honoured to spend some time with them.



The Shadow of Atlantis, The Shadow of the Minotaur and The Shadow of the Pyramid have won FINALIST places in the READERS' FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS 2017.



             Finalist Awards for 3 of the SHADOWS FROM THE PAST series

JULY 2017


I HAVE BEEN AWARDED TWO GOLD MEDALS IN THE CHILDREN'S LITERARY CLASSICS BOOK AWARDS! Shadows from the Past won Best Middle Grade Series and Max's Christmas Adventure won Best Holiday Book. I'm feeling very proud right now!

"Tradition continues with the arrival of one of the most anticipated moments in the world of children’s and young adult literature. The 2017 Literary Classics Book Award Finalists and Top Honors Book Awards Finalists have been announced.These distinguished honorees are recognized for their contributions to the craft of writing, illustrating, and publishing exceptional literature for a youth audience. In this highly competitive industry these books represent the foremost in literature in their respective categories.

The competition this year was tremendous, and we congratulate all of the finalists for their outstanding and inspiring work. Final awards, categories and levels will be announced on July 1, 2017. All Silver, Gold and Top Honors award recipients will be invited to attend a writers’ conference, awards ceremony, formal gala, and authors’ book signing.

The Literary Classics selection committee is proud to recognize this year’s titles in literature which exemplify the criteria set forth by the Literary Classics award selection committee."

I'm delighted to be part of Adventure Quest Books along with my fellow authors Cheryl Carpinello and Fiona Ingram. We are currently featuring in a Book Blast promotion organised by Mother Daughter Book Reviews. Check us out at:

Take a look also at our new website:

Max's Fan Page


Check out Max's very own Fan Page on FACEBOOK. He'd love you to pay him a visit there and leave him a "like"!

Amazon bestseller!

Max's Arabian Adventure has shot straight to the Number 1 slot on Amazon's bestseller list for Folk Tales & Myths. Well done, Max!

Max's Arabian Adventure

When my fellow author and friend Fiona Ingram asked if I’d be willing to write a short story for an anthology which she was putting together, my immediate response was “Of course, I’d love to”. Fiona, as well as being an extremely talented writer of children’s adventure books, is also passionate about charities which support abused and injured animals around the world. Her last project was a book whose funds would go towards helping to save an animal rescue centre in Fiji. The Poppy Project tells the heart-warming tale of a badly maimed dog which was saved from certain death by this centre and which now lives in a happy, forever home in Australia.

Following on from this, Fiona decided to produce an anthology of short stories and poems for children in support of animal rescue and asked all her author friends for contributions to help the cause. Look out for Champ’s Book of Short Stories and Poems for Children when it is published on Kindle.

So, having said yes to donating a story, I wondered what I should write. The answer came almost at once. How could I possibly write something which didn’t include my favourite hero? Surely the handsome and adorable Max, my wonderful talking Tonkinese cat, was just crying out to set off on another trip into the past. Actually he wasn’t keen at all – those of you who are already familiar with my Shadows from the Past series will know that Max is a rather unwilling participant in these adventures, not being the bravest of cats, and the idea of a solo mission was even scarier than usual, but my mind was made up. The result was Max's Arabian Adventure. Look out for it NOW on Kindle and also as a small paperback!



Many thanks to the 1,550 people who downloaded Kindle copies of my books over the Christmas period. Happy New Year to you all and happy reading!









Thank you to the wonderful Wise Owl Factory for creating a fantastic KS2 teaching supplement to accompany The Shadow of Atlantis. It looks amazing! You'll find it on their website:




I will be taking part in a BLOG TOUR for The Shadow of Atlantis from 14-28 October via the Mother Daughter Book Reviews website - There will be 31 stops on the tour, where people will be hosting author interviews, interviews with Max and reviews of the book. Should be fun! Watch this space ...

Max is a NUMBER ONE Best-selling Cat!

In September The Shadow of the Volcano reached the NUMBER ONE slot in the Kindle rankings for children's historical fiction on both and Hurrah!





Today is August 14th, which is a very special day, for it is none other than Max's birthday ... and how appropriate that he was born under the star sign of Leo, the lion! Happy birthday, Max!

In July The Shadow of the Trojan Horse made it to the NUMBER ONE slot in the ranking for children's Kindle books on! That makes it a NUMBER 1 bestseller - hurrah!

The latest book in the series, The Shadow of Camelot, is now available on Kindle and as a paperback from Amazon. If you like Arthurian legend, then I'm sure you'll enjoy Max's new adventure! On July 23rd it reached Number 7 in the bestseller chart for Children's Action & Adventure ebooks!

Now who is this handsome boy? And what on earth is he wearing?!

If you want to find out the answer you'll have to read The Shadow of Camelot ...

The Shadow of the Trojan Horse is being promoted on the Mother Daughter Book Reviews website in July.

The Shadow of the Minotaur is being advertised on the Mother Daughter Book Reviews website this month. Check it out on


The Shadow of Atlantis is featuring on the Mother Daughter Book Reviews website at the moment and has a great review:







At the end of May 2013, The Shadow of Atlantis reached number 8 in the list of children's action/adventure ebooks (and number 12 on!

The Shadow of the Pyramid  featured on the Mother Daughter Book Reviews website:

939 people downloaded the Kindle version of The Shadow of Atlantis from Amazon between 6th-8th March. Thank you to everyone who did, and I hope you enjoy reading it!


A huge thank you to Elmbridge Junior School in Gloucester, and particularly to Years 4 and 5, as well as their teacher Mrs Reedman - I received such a warm welcome from them all today (Wednesday 6th February) and spent a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon in their company. The pupils are reading The Shadow of Atlantis at the moment and were keen to ask me all sorts of interesting questions about my books ... and, of course, about Max! I do hope they'll invite me back again soon.


Thank you, years 4 and 5 at Elmbridge School, for the lovely card which I've just received from you in today's post. Max loves the drawing of him signing books!


Thanks to the amazing Berni Stevens for all her beautiful cover designs. Everyone says how eye-catching and attractive they are!


This is what thinks:

 "I do have to comment on the cover image as well as ALL of the covers in the SHADOWS OF THE PAST series.  They are so beautiful and eye-catching!  I just love them and I’m immediately drawn to the book because of the covers.  So, I don’t normally do this, but I do want to give a shout-out to Berni Stevens who designed all of the book covers in the series.  Check out her website"


Thank you to my friend Clare, for her wonderful drawings of Max - they are brilliant!


Many thanks to King's School, Gloucester, for inviting me in to do an Author's visit on Friday November 9th. I had a wonderful time and I'd particularly like to thank all the First Form who attended the sessions. I was extremely impressed by their knowledge of Greek myths and legends and thought they asked some really thought-provoking questions. I shall look forward to going there again in the New Year.