Coming Soon

These two novels will be self-published over the coming months:

The God Machine

When bereaved bookshop owner, John Harrison, falls asleep in bed at home in Kendal he has no idea that when he awakes he will find himself naked on the beach of an island he's never seen before. The other people on the island have arrived in similar circumstances, and no one knows where they are. Something is very odd about the island: the technology is vastly more advanced than anything any of them have seen before. Everything they need for their long-term survival has been provided for them, but there is no means of escape. When a light aircraft lands on the island they find that they may be the very last people alive on earth, and they discover the island's dark and terrible secret, leading them to question the very nature of humanity itself.

Inside Adam

With his prominent eyebrow ridges, oddly shaped head and unusually robust physique, thirteen-year-old Adam Keen, is a strange looking boy. But it isn't just his looks that are different. He gets himself into numerous scrapes, behaving in ways that his teachers and peers find inappropriate. The terrible truth emerges when Adam's DNA is sent for analysis: Adam has been cloned from a Neanderthal-like ancient human. The impact on Adam, his friends and his family is devastating and far reaching. The existence of another form of humanity among modern humans also profoundly challenges some of the fundamental assumptions that society makes about itself.

Inside Adam is: "a brilliant book which I thoroughly enjoyed. It's a cracking, engaging read." Deborah Swift author of several books including The Lady's Slipper, The Gilded Lily and A Divided Inheritance.

This is about my work of non-fiction that is currently in production:

From Slime Eater to Sapiens: the quest for meaning in a Darwinian world.

Six Hundred million years ago in the period we now call the Ediacaran, a variety of different kinds of worm-like creatures were feeding on a slimy, microbial mat made up of bacteria, algae and other microorganisms that then covered much of the sea bed. These were some of the first multicellular organisms and they lived many millions of years before the famous Cambrian explosion when animals with legs, eyes, antennae and exoskeletons first appeared in the fossil record. One of these primitive species of creatures would eventually lose its worminess and evolve into fish, some of which would grow legs and leave the sea, ultimately evolving via a rich variety of animal forms into Homo sapiens.

 At some remote time in our early evolutionary history, perhaps even as far back as the Ediacaran, a little creature first developed the capacity to have a flickering and temporary inner sensation of something. What that muted and fleeting inner feeling was we don’t know. Maybe it was a momentary distaste for the passing shadow of a predator, but whatever it was, it made something matter enough to make this little creature change her behaviour. (She might of course have been he, but let's stick with she.) This creature, let’s call her Nova, had become aware. This was the primitive beginnings of what would evolve into the extraordinary richness of human consciousness, and Nova’s appearance was an event of game changing significance for the whole universe, because for the first time something mattered. Until then, as far as we know, the universe was soulless, purposeless and mechanistic, nothing could have been important because there was nothing that could know anything was important. Nova changed everything.

 "From Slime Eater to Sapiens” is a book that blends science and philosophy to find out what it means to be human. But unlike other books that deal with this theme it takes a bottom-up perspective. Starting with the basics it shows how the simple awareness of Nova evolved into the rich and wondrous complexity of human consciousness. Its particular viewpoint implies a new and controversial way of seeing things. The fact that evolution was underpinned by unfeeling mechanisms like natural selection has massive and far reaching consequences for the way we think, even impacting the fundamentals of human value systems like morality, ethics and politics. It is a challenging new way of thinking which seems more important than ever today when the tectonic plates of cultural change seem to be shifting as never before.