Daedalus and the Deep novel published

I am delighted to announce the publication of my first novel, Daedalus and the Deep. The novel was published by Fireship Press on Kindle on 30 June, and will appear in paperback soon. For Midshipman Colyer of the corvette HMS Daedalus, life is a constant struggle. The cadet officer is faced with savage pirates in…

Difficult Second Novel

It’s so hackneyed a concept as to be a cliche. The difficult second novel/ album/ breakfast (delete as applicable). The problem, as with most old saws, is that there is truth in it. This is why it doesn’t go away. My first novel, Daedalus and the Deep (more on that later!) – and please prepare…

The chase – a story of a spy in the sky

Since he arrived in Malta, it had been drummed into Pilot Officer Peter Ross that using your radio in the air was “a wonderful way to commit suicide.” Air Commodore Frank had snapped that at him on his first day. “The enemy has stations only a handful of miles away. They’ll have a fix on…

The Whitsuntide Mummers – a story of May

The mayor’s response was the same as everyone’s. “A newcomer as May King? Never!” Kristjan redoubled his efforts. He informed the mayor that it had once been customary for an outsider to take the lead role in the Whitsuntide mummery. It may even have been true. He suggested that the Lord’s new gamekeeper, Juhan, was…