More Than This

The publisher of my book Storm Horse called it a little old-fashioned, a comment I never quite understood.  After all, it was set in 1966. What else was it going to be? But reading More Than This, I began to understand why. The teenagers in that book are victims of child abuse, drunken stepfathers, people-smugglers. …

Wild Horses

Since the only person in the world who hasn’t heard of Dick Francis is probably my seven-month-old great-nephew Toby, I don’t need to say much more than that this is one of DF’s better horse-racing thrillers. Actually, the horses in this are more in the background than usual, since the main character is a film …

Empire

I’m willing to bet there are hundreds – possibly even thousands – of more scholarly tomes on the subject of the British Empire. I'm afraid they’re not for me. Books packed with footnotes and quotes make reading them feel like homework; I always think I should be taking notes and getting ready for a test. …