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Special Offer !  

While stocks last, the Joslin de Lay Mysteries, the Hare Trilogy and Out of the Mouths of Babes are sold as new, signed by the author and personally dedicated to the buyer if specified !  Click here for details



If you want to see want you can buy that is currently in print, there is an update to this section here.  For links to buy books secondhand through Amazon Marketplace, see the complete works here.





You can purchase all my current books at Amazon, and you can even get the older ones from Amazon marketplace.



Now available from OUP

The paperback edition of Mystery Stories - click on the picture.  From creepy school computers to bungling bank robbers; from lost villages to deadly Christmas presents :




Hare’s Choice, Badger’s Fate, Hawk’s Vision


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Click here for the publishing history


Or read on for the critics' reaction



Of HARE’S CHOICE, Margaret Meek wrote in the School Librarian: “A tour de force…it goes on my list of books which show children what reading and writing are all about.”    Junior Bookshelf said it was “perceptive, wise and well-written.”  Kirkus Reviews in the USA called it “an appealing, elegantly wrought  story that lingers in the mind and is sure to provoke lively discussion.”   Margery Fisher in Growing Point called it “a stylish tale accessible to children as young as nine and, like the best fiction always, it pricks one into awareness and of insights and ideas beyond its straightforward course.”


BADGER’S  FATE, said Marcus Crouch in the School Librarian, is “admirably done.” He also wrote that Meg Rutherford, the illustrator’s, “accurate and evocative studies of animals lift the story on to a higher artistic plane.”


Wes Magee in Junior Bookshelf said of HAWK’S VISION, “this is story-telling of importance as the author communicates the very nature of compassion.”   Geoffrey Hammond in the School Librarian  said, “It will probably be most enjoyed as the culminating triumph of the trilogy, a fine read for those around 10.”


Yule Logs now out !

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Christmas has always been and always will be a special time of year, a time either of great happiness or great sadness and sometimes both.   Here are eight stories of different Christmases, all of which are memorable in their different ways.

The stories are arranged in order of age: the first for young children, the last for adults.

There are two World War 2 stories, one which refers to it and one which refers to another war.  There’s a football story, a ghost story and  two stories with carols in them - and a lot more besides.   There’s a story about a really weird Christmas guest and another about a tumultuous family row.   All ordinary Christmases to start with, but which turn into being anything but ordinary.

Each story has a postscript telling what real memory lies behind it and how it came to be written.



Many of my earlier books are back in print via the Back-to-Front imprint of the Solidus Press. I have chosen some of my favourites to be rereleased by this new publisher. Here are some that you can read now :


The Great Football Treble

All three books are now available.  You can buy them by clicking on the titles :

Haunted United

Beautiful Games

Death Penalty


Two chilling ghost stories

You can buy them by clicking on the titles :

The Ghosts Who Waited

The Railway Phantoms