I am an author, filmmaker & animator. I write quirky tales about finding your place in the world and what makes you unique. Stories of family and humanity and where they begin and end. I love cinematic images, magic adventures and big odd ideas!
I grew up in South London in a rambling Victorian house with 3 cats, 2 dogs, 1 little sister, an antique dealer dad and an artist mum. I have always wanted to tell stories, and as a child I found inspiration visiting TV and film sets including James Bond and Postman Pat, where my mum worked as a costume designer.
After studying at art college and film school, I animated on commercials, pop videos and 2 BAFTA winning kids’ TV shows! I’ve written and directed several successful short films, and now lives in North London with my partner Michael, a fox who visits our garden, and a clutter of house spiders.
Lily’s life is in mortal peril. Her father is missing and now silver-eyed men stalk her through the shadows. What could they want from her?
With her friends – Robert, the clockmaker’s son, and Malkin, her mechanical fox – Lily is plunged into a murky and menacing world. Too soon Lily realizes that those she holds dear may be the very ones to break her heart…
Murder, mayhem and mystery meet in this gripping Victorian adventure.
Cogheart is shortlisted for the Waterstones Book Prize 2017, and is long listed for the Branford Boase Award. It was Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month for August 2016. It won the Dudley Teen Book 2017. It is also nominated for Haringey Children’s Book Award 2017, Hillingdon Primary Book of the Year 2017, Leeds Book Award 2017, and Warwickshire Junior Book Award 2017.
An escaped convict. A missing locket. A woman from the past…
Storm clouds gather over Lily and Robert’s summer when criminal mastermind the Jack of Diamonds appears. For Jack is searching for the mysterious locket – but that’s not the only thing he wants. Soon, dark secrets from Robert’s past plunge him into danger, because Jack is playing a cruel game. Lily and Malkin, the mechanical fox, must stay one step ahead before Jack plays his final, deadly, card…
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