Thursday, March 31, 2016

Roping in my colleagues - thanks guys!

Managed to rope a few of my colleagues into buying my book.
Thank you Patrick, Manitra (photo), Vianneyte and Yves!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Great 4* review from author Daniela Norris!

Thank you, Daniela Norris, for the great review on goodreads:
"In a fast-paced, highly entertaining so-called fantasy novel (first of a trilogy) lie some hidden truths about the dark side of magic and mysticism. Yet it reads like a part-adventure, part travel-tale, recommended for anyone who has an interest in how life is affected by coincidences which run way deeper than anything we could ever plan."
See full review on:

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Book now available on Waterstones site!

My book is now available on the Waterstones site:
All going well it should also be on their shelves as of 24th June 2016.
You can also post reviews now on their site (unlike amazon where you have to wait until 24th June), so to those who have read it already please post a review :
and on goodreads :

Thursday, March 10, 2016

The illustrious Ara Mekenadjiyan left speechless

Ara Mekenadjiyan has this to say about my novel:
Concernant le livre il me manque les mots pour te dire tout le bien que je pense !
Rough translation: I lack strong enough superlatives to tell you how good I think your book is!
Thanks for your support, Ara.
Now I'm off to see Bouba.
Slowly working my way alphabetically through my list of friends to flog my book to. Don't worry Zak, I'll soon get to you ;)

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Woman = Witch?

In 15th and 16th century Europe, at the peak of the witch-hunting era, witch and woman were practically synonymous. Those accused of and executed for witchcraft were - in the large majority - women. Things have moved on a lot in terms of women's rights since then, but there is still a long way to go to achieve equal opportunities and parity in the work place.
Happy International Women's Day!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Read before going to bed - at your peril!

"Your book should have some kind of warning on it: Do not read before going to bed! May cause incessant page-turning till you reach the end, followed by sleeplessness and nightmares!" Isa  Belle

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Happy World Book Day!

What are you reading?
I am currently on this, non fiction : "Le soufisme, cœur d'Islam", Cheikh Khaled Bentounes - a great introduction to Sufism.
Also on, fiction : "The Corrections", Jonathan Franzen - intellectual, humorous look at a rather narcissistic failed teacher / would-be screenplay writer and his dysfunctional family.
And : "The Buried Giant", Kazhuo Ishigiro - a look at a mythical ancient Britain through the eyes of an old couple; kind of like the Lord of the rings, but with less monsters, less characters and more emotions.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Room To Read

Great event this evening at the Shakespeare and Company bookshop in Paris. It was promoting the Room To Read association, which carries out various endeavours to increase literacy and reading in developing countries: buying and printing books, building libraries, training teachers, etc.
"If you have room to read, you have room for everything else."