Foula and beyond

Foula and Beyond, the final piece of the Estonia trilogy

The novel ‘Foula and Beyond’ is now out and it is the final chapter in the ‘Estonia’ series, after ‘Finnish Boys’ and ‘Forest Brothers’. **Spoiler Alert** The story continues from the end of Forest Brothers. Huw, Maarja and Juhan, having escaped to the UK, have settled in a small fishing village in Shetland – the […]

The Long Way Home The Turn of the Wheel

Frongoch mine – an interpretation

Having written the Frongoch trilogy (‘Turn of the Wheel’, ‘A Time of Goodbyes’ and to follow – ‘A Light in the Darkness’), it does feel sad in some ways to think that the mine no longer stands as it did in its glorious years. Not that I wish for tons of spoil, toxic with base […]



Catherine Murphy, my great grandmother, was a publican’s wife. They ran the Prince George in Warbreck Moor. My mother and her sister were born upstairs above the bar, in the front room – as was the way of the time for many. Her husband had worked up in the brewery trade, mainly on the Liverpool […]