In the Image of Ravenna
Ravenna is no longer young. In fact when she sees her own reflection, she feels as though she is turning into her mother, with whom she lived until the latter's death. She ekes out... More > a precarious living through the skills in her own hands, forced by ever-incoming bills to be always on the alert for new clients for her drawings and paintings.
Edward has also reached his middle years. On the death of his mother he left the house they had shared for so long and moved closer to the university where he lectures in History. He is liked by his students, who refer to him affectionately as "The Prof", although he has not yet reached those giddy heights in his career.
Both live alone. And yet . . . someone watches over one of them, unseen.< Less
St James the Less, Penicuik 1882 - 1982
The last chapter in the book goes into tremendous detail about the structure, ornamentation and furnishings of St James the Less; this chapter was written by Elinor Tavner for the Penicuik Historical... More > Society, who kindly agreed to its inclusion here. The first chapter and foreword were written by Angus Palmer, who was Rector in 1982.
As well as some old photographs and postcards which have been added for this edition, a number of new photographs have been taken for the cover and interior by Jon Redpath. The original drawings created by Jon, our children and myself are reproduced here too.
Well, the church is still there; still a beautiful building, a credit and an ornament to the memory and the dreams of those who have gone before. A hundred and twenty-seven years later the congregation still enjoy the stained glass and the music, and will, I imagine, go on doing so for a good while yet.< Less
"Wild Honey" is a book I wrote in two chunks, over twenty years apart. I came across the fragments many years later, read them through and thought that they ought at least to be finished... More > off. I set to work with no fixed ideas - and what came out of the experiment surprised even me.
It's a story without a defined place in time, though I would suspect that the events described took place in the latter half of the twentieth century.
There aren't many characters. You won't get lost, wondering who is who. It's a story told by one person, from one point of view, and the narrator tells the story simply, without any kind of detail which doesn't seem to matter.
I don't want to upstage the narrator by telling you much more - I hope you'll want to read the book for yourself, and enjoy it, and then come back and tell others what you thought of it.
Thanks for reading this far!< Less
A Day to Go Gently
This is the story of one woman’s life, as she remembers it on one day of the year.
She has lived long enough to be daughter, wife, mother and grandmother, but today is alone with her... More > memories. Many of these memories are centred on her long years of love for one man, and his for her. It is the longest day of the year.
I wrote this book quite quickly, early in the year of 2010. I had been working on something else when a voice came into my head and began to tell me this story. I wrote it down - and this is the result.
As with all of my fiction, there are no real people in it! Or at least none that I know of. I hope you'll enjoy reading the book.< Less