U IS FOR UDDI

When I first visited Kerala in India and got the idea for my second novel KURINJI FLOWERS, I met an elephant called Uddi. I did these little watercolour sketches of him, while sheltering under a tin roof from the pouring rain. When I came to write the book, I decided...
T IS FOR TEA GARDENS

T IS FOR TEA GARDENS

My second novel, KURINJI FLOWERS is set in the beautiful uplands of South India in the region now known as Kerala Рtea planting country. While writing the book I went back to Kerala and lived in the middle of a tea plantation in a beautiful former...
S IS FOR ST LOUIS

S IS FOR ST LOUIS

I didn’t plan on putting St Louis in my next novel. It just happened. I spent a day there on a recent vacation trip to the United States and wasn’t particularly looking forward to it – but I was blessed with beautiful weather as you can see from the...

R IS FOR REFORMATORY

The young men above are both inmates of a Victorian reformatory. The chap on the left has earned the right to wear the uniform of the “section of honour” while the unfortunate on the right has been compelled to wear that of the “section of...
Q IS FOR QUILT

Q IS FOR QUILT

Here’s one I made earlier! I love quilting and the one in the picture was my first ever effort – a hand-sewn sampler quilt. I used the device of a very old quilt as a means of discovering some family history in my new novel (to be published later in 2015)....

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