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Pilgrimages might seem a somewhat strange title for a collection by a not particularly religious man. However, as I age I start to see the pattern of my life. If there is a quest it is not to pay homage to saintly relics, but to seek whatever significance the pattern might have. The poems cover themes from boyhood to the last twenty years living in Cambridge, walking the surrounding footpaths with my partner Huguette. Available on Amazon as paperback or e-book.
Couscous with Tata Hannah is a personal memoir of life in a small Algerian town.
Recently, Huguette’s granddaughter asked her: “Grand’mère, what is our background?” This volume could be seen as an answer to that question.
“Couscous with Tata Hannah” is a memoir of a largely vanished world and of Jewish North Africa. Memory and storytelling are central to Jewish life and the writings incorporate the author’s personal experiences followed by anecdotes about an older generation, orally passed down by her aging mother.
The compilation of episodes and stories form a tapestry rich in colours, sounds and smells, conveying an atmosphere and climate of a time and place where Christians, Jews and Arabs lived and worked side by side under the one universally acknowledged benefactor: the sun, shining equally on rich and poor over their beautiful land.
It has previously only been available as an e-book, but is now published as a paperback, with photographs, by Dubois Publishing and is available at Amazon.
This feel-good story begins when Pat, exhausted by minding her grand-children, decides to have a holiday from her life. She takes her break in the only place she can afford: her home city of Cambridge. Her sight-seeing is interrupted by a meeting with Jenny, a college bursar with a big problem; she has lost a painting by Holbein. Pat’s attempts to help will lead to her breaking the law and being admitted to hospital, but will ultimately give her the confidence to change her life.
The book is available from Amazon.
Siobhán Carew has just published her third book in the Cambridge Crime series.
Rose Foster meets Ronnie Lyndon when she begins a master's degree in Cambridge. A relationship blossoms. Rose is still reeling from the death of a beloved aunt. Is life now on the up? Just when she thinks it might be, Rose is plunged into a terrifying situation.
DI Harry Meredith has been investigating the kidnapping of a wealthy diplomat's daughter. When he discovers another university student is missing, Harry becomes concerned. Is Rose's disappearance purely a coincidence, or is something more sinister afoot?
The poems in this anthology celebrate the human-animal bond and also complementary therapies and the place they have in the treatment of animals. The poems have been collected from veterinary surgeons and doctors but also supporters of complementary medicine and poets who feel strongly that they should have the right to choose such treatment options for the animals under their care. There are poems about, dogs, cats, horses, but also cows, a falcon and even a tortoise and most movingly a section of poems about the grief felt on losing an animal with whom we have been sharing our life.
If any members want a copy they can e-mail me direct. They are £10 plus £2 P&P, all proceeds going to CAM4Animals, an organization that promotes complementary therapies for animals.
R J Gould
Travel comes with challenges as well as delights, and travelling women can face some special issues. The five of us, whose writing has come together in this anthology, have found various means of diffusing awkward situations, and turning tensions around so we enjoy the moment. For Seeta Siriwardena in Egypt it was the kindness of strangers that helped her. When Sally Haiselden was cycling back home (to Cambridgeshire) from work (in Khartoum) she pedalled with a small cache of rocks stashed in the little basket on her handlebars, ammunition in case of attack by cycle-hating dogs: her dog rocks. For Stephanie Green and Jane Wilson-Howarth, when Asian linguistics caused bewilderment, laugher was the great bridge-builder while in Africa Françoise Hivernel’s contemplations on her inner journeys led to her greater understanding of what it is to be human.
The book is available as e-book from Amazon.
Simon L’etoile: Black Widow & Me is the story of a fictional rock band from the 1980s. It is told as a memoir, through the eyes of the lead singer, Simon L’etoile. Following the band and its members through touring and recording, to great success when they play festivals and have chart hits – but then hit the rocks with a bang!
Simon meets his partner Claire at a gig in the Cambridge Corn Exchange. The story charts their relationship and how they help each other through good times and bad. Their meeting was for-seen in the stars. Claire goes on tour and fits in well with most of the band, but Colin, the drummer is not happy. He goes through trauma on meeting his birth parent. The guitarist kops a strop at being replaced on his best song by an American drug-dealing upstart, and when Simon suffers exhaustion it may be the end of the band? Until, in the 2000s a rap artist has a hit with a Black Widow song and this propels the band back into the spotlight. They do some reunion shows before retiring satisfied that they have made their mark on the rock scene.
This is a heart-warming story of ‘sex, drugs and rock n roll’… a young man of the 80s dream fulfilled. It is about an old music industry where LPs sold made a group or artist and where freedom of doing existed. We shall never see the same again…Go, Black Widow!
In 1910 in the north of Scotland two country girls from opposite ends of the social scale meet and become friends as they adjust to new, unfamiliar lives in the city of Elgin. But will it be possible for friendship to survive social expectations, the campaign for women’s suffrage and industrial unrest in the shadow of the First World War?
Dr. Emily Bilman
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LOCAL is a poetry book collection made up of the best poems from my poetry pamphlets from 2001 to 2016. The poems are, on the whole, not rhying, although some do tell a story. There is a mix of subjects and styles, and most of these verses have been published in the Cambridge News 'Poetry Corner' when it existed. There are over one hundred poems here to read, think about, and enjoy.
writing as H.R. Aidan
16-year-old Noa Drury has enough to contend with when her troubled cousin Chelsea comes to stay, but then a mysterious spirit leaves a cryptic message for her to pass on to none other than his alleged killer Jake Burchell. But when Jake convinces Noa that he has been framed for a crime he didn’t commit the race is on to track down the true killer before the jury deliver their final verdict.
Can Noa clear Jake’s name or is there more to the message that she delivered to him than she’s bargained for?
writing as H.R. Aidan
16-year-old Noa has a ‘gift’ – the ability to see and speak to spirits. Her job is to pass on messages to the living from the spirit world, but when she is visited by apparent suicide Grant Fitzpatrick, an archaeologist with a cryptic message for his business partner, her suspicions are immediately roused.
When Noa investigates the truth behind his death with the help of her spirit guide Max, they discover a whole new mystery that has lain dormant for ten centuries. What is the significance of the legendary chalice, the Calix Puritatis, and can Noa find it before it falls into the wrong hands?
Dr. Emily Bilman
Delighted to be published in this prestigious journal of poetics. My poem Greenness was also published in issue JPR05 in September 2016.
writing as H.R. Aidan
Holly Winslow is missing. Her parents insist she’s a runaway, mixed up with the wrong crowd. But P.I.’s daughter, Noa Drury, isn’t buying it. She’s had a ‘visitor’ who has suggested otherwise: Holly’s ghost.
16-year-old Noa has a ‘gift’ – the ability to see and speak to spirits. Her job is to pass on messages to the living from the spirit world, and while there are plenty of people who’d rather she kept quiet, this is one message she is determined to see delivered.
You see, Noa’s been waiting for a message from a very special person and if figuring out the mystery of Holly Winslow’s disappearance means making it happen then she’ll do whatever it takes, no matter the danger, no matter the trouble she gets into with her spirit guide, Max, and no matter the threat to her own life.
CHAMPIONS ARE MADE BY THE ADVERSITIES THEY OVERCOME.
When tragedy strikes Aspen Valley Stables, racehorse trainer Jack Carmichael is in danger of losing everything – his wife, his reputation, his sanity… then in walks Lucy Kendrick, a young reporter, all set to shadow him.
Every journalist has an agenda and Lucy is no different. Can she uphold her cover when charismatic jockey Finn O’Donaghue makes her want to be no one but herself?
The Grand National beckons once more, but when the yard’s runners start to fall foul of the authorities, the future of Aspen Valley Stables is threatened. Is the wreckage that is his personal life compromising Jack’s ability to train or is there something more sinister going on?
What happens when virtual reality catches up with reality? If you think that as a consequence, only more time is going to be wasted with gadgetry, you couldn’t be more wrong.
It is 2036, seven years after Black 5/11 when humanity broke in two, largely caused by the advent of ‘true virtual reality’.
Ellie, a young woman from a Hutterite colony in Minnesota and the beautiful daughter of a barber surgeon, has difficulty in finding a suitable husband. Her main worry though is that she wants to become a vet, a profession that in her religious sect can be only practised by men.
Dance, graphic designer in oneWorld, celebrated for his feats of putrefaction, likes to hang out in fighting games with his best friends Nokter and Blade. Towering giants in the art of killing, they consider him a bit of a wimp. Unfairly, because he, equipped with the eyes of an eagle, is always the one who spots the enemy first.
Dramatic circumstance force Ellie and Dance away from their homes. They meet and are persecuted by the Tribulation Army, a mysterious band of guerrillas. On the run they discover that the world is not nearly as simple and solid as they thought. It is a vast jumble of utopian societies that hang together in a precarious balance, a balance threatened by the ongoing events.
When DCI Anne Fountain phones newly appointed Detective Inspector Harry Meredith with news of a murder, he is surprised to learn that his first case will take him back to the Cambridge college he graduated from. A body has been found in the Fellow's Garden of St Benedict's College. Harry and his Detective Sergeant, Ellen Brookes, quickly realise that there is little appetite for helping them among some members of the college. The bursar, Mr Darnton, decrees that no one should speak to the police on college property. Happily for the investigation, Harry and Ellen are willing to run Mr Darnton's gauntlet.
They make a surprising discovery about the murdered man, who was a visiting scholar to the college, and this takes them out of Cambridge, into the Fens, where they uncover a disturbing crime which shocks them profoundly.
Despite being 'banned' from the college, Harry's investigation takes him there again and again, and he begins to rely on some of the staff to help him tease out the complicated route that led to Dr Chen's murder. Janis, in the Senior Tutor's Office, catches their interest early on; Patrick, the head gardener, whom Harry befriended when he was a student, is a steady source of information and good sense, with a little nonsense thrown in for good measure. The story is peppered with feisty and funny characters, who help and hinder the investigation. No one, however, can avert the tragic conclusion.
Cambridge Green is available as an e-book on Kindle.
A long, long time ago, she had promised her children that she would write for them some of their adventures. As with most promises, that one took a long time to materialise. However imperfect her writing is, the fullness of the joy in it isn't. The first 2 chapters tell of the birth in 1976 and then again in 1979 of her two sons Christophe and Gregoire and their early life through Kenya, France, Zambia, Italy, Holland. The third chapter, almost 10 years later, is about a holiday, with her children and friends in Jordan. Whilst the fourth chapter is about passing the power, when aged sixty three, to her eldest son during the ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro.
The second edition is published in the UK in September 2015.
On the surface of things, life for stable lass, Kate Creswell, looks rosy. Wealthy boyfriend, Nicholas, is a text-book example of the perfect partner, and her ambition to lead up at Cheltenham Festival is set to come true with her favourite horse, d'Artagnan.
But dig a little deeper and thing aren’t quite so blissful. There’s the small task of keeping her mother's alcoholism a secret from Nicholas's well-to-do family. What about Nicholas’s dislike of d’Artagnan’s jockey, Ben de Jager? Could there be something more sinister to Ben's ability to be a good loser, and could their Gold Cup bid be in jeopardy?
A lot of things can change between flag fall and finish line. Nothing is a certainty. Not in life, not in racing, and not in love...
My new book of poetry will be released in the UK in September. For orders please contact me.
R J Gould
Bridget and David meet at a twenty-five year school reunion. David chases two dreams - a relationship with Bridget and opening an arts café.
A Canadian Poetry Anthology published by Melinda Cochrane International in Montréal, Québec. Contains 4 of my poems.
Tessa thought buying into the dysfunctional Ta' Qali Racehorse Syndicate would be the perfect distraction from a life best forgotten. Some are willing to distract her with words of woo, while others are able to distract her with just a nonchalant look.
‘Think Dick Francis, but lighter and funnier.’ ***** Oh Gingersnap!
Orders at Melinda Cochrane International, Québec or on Amazon.
Poetry which John K. Coleridge, Esq. qualified as pure music.
Meet Merlin. He's the cat who wishes he had a magic wand. There are problems at home. His owner, Angie, has married Dick, and Merlin really doesn't like him. Dick's negative attitude and cutting comments would depress any cat, but Merlin is feisty, and he stands his ground. Dick's daughter Celine, her boyfriend Maffs, and his son Reg have become a part of Merlin's life. He has strong opinions about them.
Even independent cats need friends and Merlin's very best friend is Bumface. He hangs around with Scrotak, a quiet cat who has recently moved in, with plucky Percival and his sister Petal.
Ah, neighbours: Merlin wishes Ginger didn't live next door. The man is nosy and nasty. Antonia, who lives the other side, is ancient and well-meaning, but dotty. Not the best cat-sitter!
Interspersed with Merlin's story are anecdotes about his friends, and other cats.
CATalogue is available as an e-book on Kindle.
Breffni Everingham discovers the body of her Uncle Charles in a shed. He has been murdered. His unexpected death brings relationship difficulties within the family to a head. Simmering resentments explode, allowing shocking personal and family histories to seep out of the chaos.
At times dark and emotional, the novel is full of humour, and it paints a colourful picture of life in a small community, and the interactions of the people within it
First to arrive on the scene following Breffni's discovery of the body is Garda Malone, a sarcastic bully who finds it impossible to behave either well or objectively. Hidden behind his harassment of the family is the memory of an unrequited love for Breffni's mother, awakened when he sees Breffni for the first time.
Relations and friends gather: Breffni's sister Corry and her brother Henry, who is one of the few calm members of the family; the Bish, Charles's brother and a retired bishop, arrives before Breffni and her sister Corry break the news to him and his anger is almost explosive; Breffni's sanctimonious Aunt Edith sides with him; Aloysius, Aunt Edith's adopted son plays a greater part as the story develops. Mikey Farraher, Charles's ancient neighbour is sure it was tinkers. Hadn't there been a spate of cow-stealing lately? Who else but a wicked, thieving robber could have done such a thing to his old friend? All are subjected to questioning by Garda Malone, whose inefficient investigation weaves in and out of the story, stirring up anger and strong passions as he conducts his enquiries. The story gathers momentum, weaving a path through a series of events which finally lead to the murderer.
The Pig Shed is available as an e-book on Kindle.
‘Chance, as they say, is a fine thing, so when it does come you have to seize it. Sure, it might burn you, might freeze you, might turn you to dust and ashes. But it’s the one thing that matters in the end, and you simply have to go for it.’
On a visit to Yorkshire in the mid-1980s, Matt meets Billy. The love that develops between them, however, is constantly menaced, not least by the insanely possessive and malevolent Arthur, and after passing through stormy waters the relationship is abruptly broken off. Then something brings the boys together again. Something yet more threatening than anything they have previously faced.
Dr. Emily Bilman
This book traces the evolution of ekphrasis from Plato to Derrida by analysing modern poems by Sylvia Plath, WC Williams, Nemerov, Ashbery and paintings by de Chirico, Charles Demuth, Paul Klee, Frank Stella, etc. in the light of the major contemporary theories of creativity.
Orders at Peter Lang Academic Publishers, Bern, Switzerland.
Amazon Number One Bestseller and winner of the Best International Romance Award in the Some Kind of Wonderful Awards 2012.
There has only ever been one man in Frankie’s life: her father, Doug Cooper. That is, until she takes the job of amateur jockey at Aspen Valley Racing Stables. Here, in the rolling countryside of southwest England, she crosses paths with star rider, Rhys Bradford. Her crush on him would be made so much simpler if they didn’t both have their eye on the same prize: the coveted ride on Grand National favourite, Peace Offering.
In the turbulent run-up to National Hunt’s biggest event, questions are raised. What exactly does Doug have against the Bradfords? Is Rhys playing games with her heart? Will Ta’ Qali show his true potential in time to warrant his place at Aspen Valley? Why do there have to be so many blasted calories in strawberry cheesecake? And lastly, who exactly is Francesca Cooper?
Frankie’s curiosity unearths some long-buried secrets which their keepers would rather remain buried, and on a journey of self-discovery that takes in Britain’s fiercest steeplechase courses, love will prove her costliest stumbling point.
‘Reminiscent of a Tom Sharpe novel but funnier.’ ***** The Racing Post
‘A pleasure to read. This book’s a winner!’ ***** Equestrian Trade News
This is a collection of short stories that find people in transit; between places, relationships, states of mind and different lives. Sometimes these are stories of moving on, leaving the past and the characters populating a point in personal history lingering in memory's rear-view mirror.
'By all Means' (Nine Arches Press) is on sale from Inpress.
Romantic and humorous, with a chilling climax, this novel draws the reader into life in Cambridge, England. Edward Holroyd, a university academic, marries impetuously and brings his bride to the city. Anni's delight with her surroundings, and amusement at the academics she had imagined would be crusty and boring, slowly fades as she realises Edward is keeping a secret from her.
She makes a friend of his cousin, Maud, librarian at the Department of Environmental Sciences. Maud begins to pull back the veil on Edward's demons, but a burglary in the department and an unexpected deposit in the Library, interrupt her story.
The pace gathers momentum as tensions and emotions build. A murder is committed and Anni finds herself at the centre of events that lead up to a disturbing conclusion.
Cambridge Red is available as an e-book on Kindle, and in paperback on Amazon, and in Heffers, Cambridge
Tainted Innocence, a historical mystery set in Cambridge, England, in 1524, is my first novel. Published by Carina Press, a division of Harlequin, the international publisher, it tells the story of Bryony, an illiterate laundress and a stranger to the town, who lives in constant fear that her unusual upbringing and lack of friends will leave her vulnerable to accusations of witchcraft. When Matthew Hobson, a scholar at the college, is found murdered Bryony becomes a suspect. But she is not the only one. Luke Hobson, a taciturn local tradesman who has sacrificed much for his charismatic but selfish brother, also has a motive for the murder.
Here’s an extract from the novel:
It would not be the first time Bryony had risked the branding iron, but before she’d been sick with hunger. This was different. This wouldn’t be stealing to stop the gnawing in her belly. This would be stealing just because she wanted it.
She caressed the smooth leather binding of the book. It was not so large; it could be concealed in the folds of her shawl, and none would be the wiser. One chilblained finger traced the flowing curves of gold. She knew that first letter—a B—the same as a priest once told her began her own name. Bryony. A pagan name, he had called it, not really a name at all but that of a plant with poisonous berries, and he had urged her to adopt another one, one from the holy saints. Bertha or Barbara.
Undercover reporter Sam Carpenter fakes mental illness in order to enter a psychiatric hospital and investigate a suspicious death there. But he's treading a dangerous path, playing mind games with psychiatrists; and, as he penetrates deeper into the mystery surrounding the hospital, his own sanity is called into question, and the body count rises...
An Amazon Bestseller; inducted into A Drop of Romeo Hall of Fame; and runner-up for the Some Kind of Wonderful Best International Romance Award, 2011.
London waitress, Pippa Taylor has no interest in horses or country-living. But when she inherits Peace Offering, a hopeless racehorse, she embarks on a career change in order to see her late uncle’s wish to run him in the Grand National come true.
But having talked her way into a job as racing secretary to champion National Hunt trainer, Jack Carmichael and moved to the West Country, Pippa finds herself faced with more daunting obstacles than even the Grand National can throw at her. And that’s before her tempestuous relationship with her new boss can be considered.
Moody, fiery-tempered and particularly easy on the eye, Jack’s moral code is threatened by Pippa’s arrival. After a Christmas they would both rather forget, danger and deception threaten Pippa’s life in the country and as her time at Aspen Valley Stables draws to its conclusion she discovers Peace Offering is not the only thing she must fight to keep.
‘The book is well paced and the kooky characters absolutely believable. I laughed a great deal.’ ***** The Romance Reviews
‘Keeping the Peace has everything from a great storyline to some hot romance! The female Dick Francis.’ ***** The Filly Forum
‘Don’t you see, Julien?’ Ginny continued in anguish. ‘We’re after the same prize…’
‘…but there can only be one winner,’ he finished for her.
When Ginny Kennedy returns home to Newmarket to revive the family’s racing stable, she has just one thing on her mind: winning the coveted Dewhurst Stakes at the end of the season.
Not only is she faced with the challenges of making her way in a man’s world, but she must also cope with her next door neighbour, rival trainer Julien Larocque. Ginny’s heart has been burnt once before and the chemistry between her and Julien promises nothing but fire.
They will risk it all for the prestige; for the glamour and for the glory. But when the call to post sounds, will they risk it all for love?
Come Race Day, Ginny realises there is a lot more at stake than just a trophy...
‘If you haven’t read Hannah Hooton, start now! Wonderful romances with a bit of mystery.’ ***** Amazon reviewer
‘A true and classic romance with great plot twists, unexpected villains, and a delicious love interest.’ ***** Amazon reviewer
When Jane's son, David, was diagnosed with a serious neurological disorder, the family took the decision to return to their home in remote mountainous Nepal, so that David might live his life to the fullest and be free from invasive medical testing.
This memoir tells of the family's time in Rajapur and Kathmandu. it vividly conjures the sounds, sights and smells of exotic bazaars, the warmth and complxity of the people and the great natural beauty of the country.
This is the second edition as a Bradt travel guide.
Our greatest and proudest creation, the internet, has continued to dazzle us with its breakneck evolution. Reaching ever higher levels of complexity, it has served us well, deeply affecting us and our civilization, but will it continue to do so? Will it ever be conscious? When and how will human technology spin out of control as is expected? These and other questions are pondered by scientists of an obscure institute in Cambridge when they are drawn into a vortex of catastrophic events that converge upon Bruno Haslop, a software tester in a personal crisis.
In their investigation full of dangers they stumble upon amateur scientists, botnet herders and security experts, and they are challenged with new riddles about cybercrime, the evolution of man and what it is that constitutes life and intelligence.
Available at Amazon.
The poetry collection is
on sale at the HappenStance site (and
Amazon). The average poem is 11 years
old and earned 9 pounds. 31 of the 32
poems have been previously published in
A book of poems published by SLATKINE in Geneva, ISBN: 9782832104330.
Can be ordered at SLATKINE, GENEVA or through Emily.
The short play was performed at the ADC Theatre as part of WriteOn's Naked Stage series in February 2010.
This is a guide to health hazards abroad, useful without being hysterical. It describes what you can catch or pick up, how to avoid it and what to do if the worst happens.
The Book Seller said "made more palatable by case histories and touches of humour".
New edition published by Cadogan
It may sound like a collection of scatological humour, but is actually a guide to staying clean and healthy during more adventurous travel trips. Jane is a medical doctor, who has herself visited and worked in places where such advice is essential.
Published by Travelers' Tales, Palo Alto, California.