A selection of my writing
My books may seem to be about a bundle of disparate subjects,
but I see strong threads between them. They’re all about
size: the mighty continent of Africa, the tiny island of Pitcairn,
the confined quarters of a cargo ship. They all involved an element
of transformation: from young English woman to a seaman called
Jella, or, as in Mary Kingsley’s case, from Victorian spinster
to lady explorer. All of them have a strong sense of place, whether
it’s the South Pacific or Africa. And every book – whether
travel narrative, biography or history - is a journey. It has a
beginning, middle and end, and a rough route to get you there.
Browse through the book titles, each has an introduction
and an excerpt. Some include audio too.