This is the afterword to my novel Island – explaining the genesis of the story, my chance encounter with Chris Riddell and my gratitude to all my amazing backers. So many people have nurtured Island. It’s a tale of chance remarks, serendipitous meetings – and incredible generosity. Let me begin at the beginning. The day […]
Does This Bomb Cross Your Boundary?
My novel – The Innocent’s Story – is a dangerous book. (This article written on first publication of Innocent’s Story 2005) I didn’t know that when I wrote it. I thought it was a serious and moral attempt to contextualise terrorism for children. If the idea of talking to children about suicide bombing makes you […]