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This website is mainly for information about my books, although I have included some links to my journalism work. I am also a judge and reviewer for the Manchester Theatre Awards and What's On Stage

My first book, Every Moment Counts: A Life of Mary Butterwick was published in 2011 by Darton, Longman and Todd and was listed in the top ten Christian books in the Church Times and by WHSmith.

Since then, I have contributed to the The Way, The Truth and The Life series published by the Teachers' Enterprise in Religious Education and have collaborated with the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, writing the stories for John Sentamu's Faith Stories and Hope Stories.

Against The Odds:True Stories of Forgiveness and Healing was published in February 2014 by the Bible Reading Fellowship. 

John Sentamu's Hope Stories was published by Darton, Longman and Todd in October 2014. 

In the book, 20 ordinary people describe how they reached their lowest ebb and how - through their own faith or the faith of those around them - they were given hope in the midst of despair to rebuild their lives. 




My book, Against The Odds: True Stories of Forgiveness and Healing is published by the Bible Reading Fellowship (BRF). It is a collection of stories showing the importance of forgiveness and its potential as a healing force within society. The book features a range of practitioners and church leaders who provide reflections on the stories, offering a different perspective, and questions at the end of each story that focus on the themes raised.


"This book contains some extraordinarily powerful and compelling stories from those who have faced huge challenges in their lives. They tell of how they have overcome them, and in reading them many will find hope and fresh resolve to face their own situations - or to understand a little more about the experience of others. I recommend it". - The Very Revd John Witcombe, Dean of Coventry. 

"The stories are compelling reading and surprisingly far-ranging...This book will almost certainly help the reader to put into perspective some of the petty grievances and hurts to which they are clinging, and help them in the difficult task of forgiving". - Margaret Walker, The GoodBookStall.

It is available at St Denys' bookshop in Manchester, Cathedral Centre Books or online at Amazon , Eden and  Church House Bookshop. 


Launch of Against the Odds at St Denys' bookshop in Manchester 

Thanks to everyone who came along to St Denys' bookshop on Cateaton Street in Manchester for the launch of Against the Odds on February 22 and made it a special day. Penny and Sue, who own the bookshop, are also featured in the book, recalling their experiences of the IRA bomb in Manchester and how they rebuilt their business and their lives after the blast.

Thanks also to the Rev Julian Heaton, Pauline Weeks and everyone at St Anne's Church in Sale, who welcomed us to talk after their service on Sunday, February 23.

Ray Rossiter, whose experience as prisoner of the Japanese during World War II is featured in the book, was a parishioner and preacher at St Anne's for many years when he lived in Sale.  

Thanks to Sophie at St Denys' for recreating the green shoot from the book cover as part of the team's fantastic display.

Thanks also to my brother, Paul for the photographs. 









 It was a happy day, as you can tell by the size of my smile. Here I am with Irene Estry. 



The photo to the left is the staff at St Denys' bookshop, to the right is me with Veronica Mitchell.





Left is the wonderful stand put together for us at St Anne's church hall in Sale.