Catching up

I have neglected this blog shamefully of late, it’s true, and my only excuse is that I have been on holiday, far from a computer – and it was bliss!  I spent all of January in remote parts of New Zealand and Australia where writing, history, York and the internet all seemed impossibly distant.


Lake Alabaster, on the Hollyford Track, in New Zealand’s Fiordland

I justify this to myself as a time to de-stress and get re-inspired, and the break worked perfectly from this point of view, as I am now super relaxed (deadlines? pressure? what’s that?), but the truth is that I just love wild places, and I’m constantly torn between everything I like so much about living in York – the sense of the past, the old buildings, being able to walk into town to meet friends – and my yearning for wide horizons, a bit like this one:


The Murray mouth, near Goolwa, South Australia

So, to make a change from pictures of York, here are a few photos from the other side of the world:


Torrent Bay, Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand


Hollyford Track, New Zealand


Bay of Fires, Tasmania


Kayaking on the Anson River, Tasmania


Bay of Fires, Tasmania


Cradle Mountain, Tasmania


View from Marion’s Lookout, Cradle Mountain, Tasmania


The Coorong, South Australia


Snake Creek, Lake Alexandrina, South Australia

And finally, a perfect morning in Tasmania’s Bay of Fires, when I had this entire, perfect beach all to myself:



But now I’m home, and it’s time to get back to work.  I’ve just sent off the edits for THE EDGE OF DARK, which should be out later this year, and am already starting to think about a new story … Watch this space!

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