Welcome to my website! I do hope you’ll enjoy reading about my books and even feel tempted to try some of them. Some of them are out of print, but nearly all of them are available as ebooks.

There’s a link above to take you to our Ethiopian Folktales project. From there you can click through to our websites of wonderful tales from storytellers all over Ethiopia. Please take a look, too, at our Syrian Refugee Project, which is helping children and their families who have had to flee from Syria to Jordan.



A House without walls

To be published in August 2019, my new novel tells the story of Safiya, This is what she says about herself:

“Here are some basic facts about me: My name is Safiya and I’m twelve years old. I’m a Syrian from Damascus. I’m a refugee, but I hate that word! I’m a girl. Perhaps I should also mention that my teeth stick out a bit.”

Twelve-year-old Safiya and her family have been driven out of Syria by civil war.  Safiya knows how lucky she is – lucky to be living near family and not in a refugee camp, lucky to be alive.  But it's hard to feel grateful when her house is a tent and she has to look after her father and brother, rather than go back to school.  

As they struggle to rebuild their lives, Safiya realizes that her family has always been incomplete and with her own future in the balance, it's time to uncover the secrets that war has kept buried.

A House Without Walls will contain wonderful illustrations by Lucy Eldridge.

fiction for young readers

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picture books for younger children

Folk story collections

When I say to a parent, ‘Read to a child,’ I don’t want it to sound like medicine. I want it to sound like chocolate.