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‘Louise Coulson is a person aged thirteen and a half. She likes to be left to her own devices....
About me


Welcome to my website. Please take a look around. I am an author living in Hertfordshire, just north of London.

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'Exceptional debut - reminiscent of Mark Haddon or Harper Lee.'

- Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times.

The Tiny Gestures of Small Flowers
Books, News

The Tiny Gestures of Small Flowers

It’s 2004. Lonely, sensitive and sharply observant seventeen year old Eleonora (Nell) moves to Brighton in search of independence. There she meets the charming, older Scott. The freedom Nell sought is quickly curtailed as her life spirals into a suffocating existence lived under the shadow of cohesive control and Scott’s violent temper. Memories of Nell’s childhood constantly resurface, forcing her…

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My top three isolation/lockdown reads

The Skylark’s War by Hilary McKay. Written for children, and set in the Edwardian era, The Skylark’s War provides cosy escapism into a very different time, but also offers parallels between then and now. Clarry, Peter and Rupert face a crisis (the first world war) that changes their lives, the lives of all those around them, and requires them to…

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My favourite reads of 2019

In January 2019 I had this rather nifty idea (so I thought) of writing down all the books I read during the year as I went along. I dedicated a couple of blank pages in my notepad and began my list (I think with Rachel Cusk’s novel Outline) I have never owned a reading diary, or kept track of what…

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Life, News, Thoughts on writing

West London Writing Workshop January 2020

I’m delighted to share an opportunity with you that I hope you’re going to enjoy. This January, I’ll be running the Write Mentor West London weekend writing workshop. Join me on the 4/5th of January in gorgeous West London where I’ll be presenting on various topics, including writing MG and YA fiction, beginnings, story structure, accessing creativity, making time to…

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Book coaching
Thoughts on writing

Bleaching tea spoons and other distractions

I once heard a story about a friend of the crime writer Val McDermid. This friend wished to call up her pal Val and find out how she was, only she was worried about interrupting the highly successful writer at work. The friend finally summoned the courage and picked up the phone, praying she wasn’t going to put Val off…

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