Latest Book

Thank you for visiting my website. You'll find out a bit about me, and if you haven't read any of my books, you might be tempted to try one. Most are for children and young adults, but the The Lure of the Honey Bird is for the grown ups. It's about my travels in Ethiopia to collect folk stories. Click on the title to read about it.

My new novel, The Fastest Boy in the Worldreturns to Ethiopia again. The story is about eleven-year-old Solomon, who loves to run and dreams of winning gold for his country at the Olympic Games. When his grandfather collapses on a long journey, it's up to Solomon to run for help.

The Lure of the Honey Bird describes my travels in Ethiopia to collect folk stories. You'll read some great stories in the book, and meet some interesting people. This one's for the grown ups.

I'm very excited to announce the launch of our new website, It contains 88 marvellous stories from Ethiopia, with exercise material, artwork, and recordings attached to every story. The site is designed for Ethiopian children to use and enjoy, but there's no reason why children (and grown-ups!) everywhere can't enjoy the stories too.


My Diary

I started writing my diary in 1956. Watch out for extracts that  I'll be posting here