Category Archives: Books

A Hundred Tiny Threads – Prequel to the Trilogy

Gritty family saga set in Lancashire in the 1900s and Ireland at the time of the Black and Tans. Winifred is a determined young woman eager for new experiences, for a life beyond the grocer’s shop counter ruled over by her domineering mother. When her friend Honora – an Irish girl, with the freedom to do as she pleases –…

Living in the Shadows

It’s 1969 and Mary Schormann is living quietly in Wales with her ex-POW husband, Peter, and her teenage twins, Richard and Victoria. Her niece, Linda Booth, is a nurse – following in Mary’s footsteps – and works in the maternity ward of her local hospital in Lancashire. At the end of a long night shift,…

Changing Patterns

In May 1950, Britain is still struggling with the hardships of rationing and the aftermath of the Second World War. In this sequel to Pattern of Shadows the story continues of Mary Howarth, now the Matron of a small hospital in Wales, and Peter Schormann, a German ex-prisoner of war who she met when she…

Pattern of Shadows

In March 1944, the war is taking its toll on 22-year-old nursing sister Mary Howarth – rows are tearing her family apart, air raids are hitting nearby Manchester and the darkness of the blackout is smothering her. Her younger sister Ellen says she should be having a good time while she can, but her job at…

Silent Trauma

This novel is a work of fiction based on fact. It tackles the subject of Stilboestrol, a drug prescribed to pregnant women for over forty years. Used ostensibly to prevent miscarriages it caused untold internal damage to the unborn children. The story tells of five women drawn together in friendship because of the terrible consequences of Stilboestrol….

Coming up Roses

In 2008 my short story Whose House Is This? was published in the Honno Anthology ‘Coming Up Roses’ a fiction anthology from Welsh women writing about gardens: what they mean to them, what happens in them and where they take them… There are sad stories and happy ones, tales from home and abroad – all of…