As well as writing fiction, I am a freelance copywriter with specialised experience creating book blurbs and marketing material related to publishing. I also offer editorial services for novelists and writers, with a particular emphasis on writing great dialogue, constructing fantasy worlds and developing characters that will keep readers reading.
The Bull From the Sea
Mary Renault’s Theseus books conjure the Greek hero in all his morally ambiguous splendour. In his introduction to The King Must Die, historian Robin Lane Fox praises Renault’s ability to take historical sources and the shifting details of myth, and craft them together into something that carries the sheen of truth. Moments of recognisable humanity, such as Theseus’ bemusement that his son should be so much taller than him, sit alongside otherworldly mysteries that are ancient and ineffable even to our hero. Read more
Whether following the personification of Death to a curry house or threatening the great city of Ankh-Morpork with a dragon, Pratchett’s focus was always on the humanity of his characters. He knew their passions, failings, hopes and desperations, revealing them with compassion and wisdom – and if the truth bit a little close to home for the reader, a joke would be along at any moment to take away the sting. Read more
Arthur Dent has settled on the remote planet of Lamuella, finally doing something he’s halfway decent at: making sandwiches. His peace is shattered by the unexpected arrival of his daughter, Random, and then made infinitely worse by Ford Prefect, who has learned of something even more unpredictable than a teenage girl – a new, sinister version of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The Guide MK II is slick, endlessly helpful and may just destroy the multiverse. No time for sandwiches, then. Read more
The Last White Rose
Contrary to popular belief, the Wars of the Roses did not end in 1485 at the Battle of Bosworth. While the country reeled from the unexpected defeat of Richard III, Henry Tudor attempted to unify the two rival branches of the House of Plantagenet by marrying Elizabeth of York, intending to nullify the threat of the White Rose while silencing doubts regarding the Tudor claim. However, in this engrossing account, Desmond Seward reveals how the war against the White Rose continued in secret, seeding insecurity, fear and even paranoia behind the Tudor facade of stability, magnificence and power. Read more