My debut novel Ten Things I’ve Learnt About Love, which weaves a story of love, loss, rootlessness and homecoming across the streets of contemporary London, is published by Picador in the UK, Penguin Press in the US, and in 14 other countries around the world.
What’s the Story?
Alice has just returned to London from months of travelling abroad. She is late to hear the news that her father is dying, and arrives at the family home only just in time to say goodbye.
Daniel hasn’t had a roof over his head for years, but to him the city of London feels like home in a way that no bricks and mortar ever did. He spends every day searching for his daughter; the daughter he has never met. Until now . . .
Heart-wrenching and life-affirming, this is a unique story of love lost and found, of rootlessness and homecoming and the power of the ties that bind. It is a story for fathers and daughters everywhere.
You can read an extract from the novel on Picador’s website.
You can buyTen Things I’ve Learnt About Love from Foyles, Blackwells, WHSmiths, Waterstones…
My story, YOU WOULD LEAVE ALL THIS, won the CRESC Framing the City Creative Writing Competition in 2010. It has just been published in Issue 8 of The Manchester Review.
Central line Stories, a collection of the writing I created in collaboration with London Underground staff during my residency on the Central line, includes two new short stories, Early Turn and Talking About The Weather, inspired by conversations with Central line drivers. You can download the stories as text and audio files from Art on the Underground’s website.
I have a story called Leaving in Route’s latest anthology, Book At Bedtime.
My story, Staying Together is in Roads Ahead, an anthology of short stories by young regional writers, edited by Catherine O’Flynn, published by Tindal Street Press.
I had a story called Uniform published in Monsoon Press’s anthology Behind the Hijab earlier this year.
You can read my story Last Christmas online. It was published in the monthly journal Litro, 100,000 of which were given away free in December 2008.
Some other short fiction has been published in the beautifully produced, but quite hard to find online, Phoenix magazine, which is the arts magazine for Imperial College, London; on Pulp.Net, in Wonderwall (Route 16) and Concertina (Pen & Inc Press), and featured on Tales of the Decongested.
My short story Rainbows Seen From The Air Are Complete Circles (Route 16) was described in Aesthetica magazine as
… a vivid and original piece about how we should never judge by appearances, and it is ultimately about finding kindness in unexpected places. Click here to read the first part of that story.