28 Aug 2016

I’m not the first novelist inspired by The Wreck of the Deutschland. I hadn’t realised it when I started out, but I’m following in the footsteps of Muriel Spark...

24 Aug 2016

There are three narrative strands in The Hopkins Conundrum, two historical and one contemporary. In this extract from the contemporary strand, our hapless hero...

22 Aug 2016

How a day on Brunel’s SS Great Britain in dry dock in Bristol helped me set the scene for my novel about Gerard Manley Hopkins and the Wreck of the Deutschland.


14 Aug 2016

YESTERDAY we went to Whitstable, the ancient fishing port on the North Kent coast which has been famous for its oysters since Roman times.

To the west are the ma...

9 Aug 2016

ALTHOUGH this is a short novel it took a long time to write. I fell into the age-old trap of “researchitis” – where delving into the real lives you have decided...

7 Aug 2016

I WAS BORN in Chester, not far from the part of North Wales where much of The Hopkins Conundrum was set. My mother was Welsh, and it was her first language, so...

6 Aug 2016

WHAT precisely is the conundrum? Watch the video to learn how the novel got its title

11 May 2016

THE BODIES of four of the five nuns on whom The Wreck of the Deutschland is based were brought ashore at Harwich and then taken to London.

Their funeral took pla...

10 May 2016

THIS is St Beuno’s, the Jesuit college near St Asaph in North Wales which was home to Gerard Manley Hopkins while he was composing The Wreck of the Deutschland.


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