Lizzie Bradshaw. A student from the Lake District, forced to work away from home, who witnesses a terrible crime. But who will ultimately pay the price?
Emma Taylor. A mother, a wife, and a woman with a dangerous secret. Can she keep her beloved family safely together?
Stella Taylor. A disaffected teenager, determined to discover what her mother is hiding. But how far will she go to uncover the truth?
And one man, powerful, manipulative and cunning, who controls all their destinies.
“A gripping page-turner – the twists kept coming! And the family dynamics were utterly convincing …” Catherine Ryan Howard author of Distress Signals & The Liar’s Girl
“This gripping story about families and secrets takes the meaning of ‘deception’ to a new level.” Jane Corry, author of My Husband’s Wife and Blood Sisters
“With her vibrant prose and razor-sharp observation, Sanjida’s story hooked me right from the start, pulling me in with an increasing sense of unease until the final spine-chilling climax.” Caroline England author of Beneath the Skin
Available now to buy:
Bone by Bone
The Stolen Child
My Mother’s Secret
Our family is sponsoring a child in Zambia. We’re raising money to buy writing desks for her school. Mavellous shares a desk with seven other children and a classroom with 100 pupils. Please help us if you can by donating here.
You can help stop bullying by buying a copy of Bone by Bone; I make a donation for every copy sold to anti-bullying charity, Kidscape
My Mother's Secret is out in paperback! To celebrate, I'm launching a competition. As I'm sure you're aware my love of cake has made its way into My Mother's Secret. Not only is the protagonist, Emma Taylor, a baker, but quite a few kinds of cake are mentioned throughout My Mother's Secret. So what better way to celebrate the paperback release than with cake and prizes! I'll be holding a competition on my Facebook page from the 7th - 14th of October to see if anyone can guess how many types of cakes there are in My Mother's Secret! The winner will receive…read more →
I’ve just returned to working for charity, First Story, this month. First Story’s aim is to change young people’s lives through writing, particularly those who might be disadvantaged socio-economically, and/or suffer from a lack of confidence. I had my first creative writing workshop with the school I'll be Writer in Residence for last week. Before I met the group of students I’ll be working with, I was wondering what to tell them. I want to inspire them to be writers, as well as to give them the confidence to flourish, but I’m not sure that I personally feel like…read more →
I’ve written as a Jesuit priest in Outer Mongolia, a nine-year-old in inner city Bristol, a child abductor, an angry teenager, a man in his twenties, a Victorian lady trapped on an island in the Southern states of America at the turn of the Civil War. I’ve written about slaves, Buddhist lamas, racketeers and drug addicts, accountants and artists, actors and academics. As a writer, I want to tell any story I’m moved to, from the perspective of any character I wish, regardless of their race, religion and culture - or perhaps because of it. My own background is that…read more →
I'm delighted to welcome Tasha Locke to my blog this week. Tasha graduated from Bristol University this year with a degree in English Literature. I met Tasha through my role as a Role Literary Fund Fellow at Bristol University. Her insight into literature prompted me to ask her if she'd write the Book Club questions (My Mother's Secret Book Club Questions) for you. There are a number of novels mentioned in My Mother's Secret, mostly by one of the main characters, bookish teenager, Stella Taylor, who is in a Book Club at school. Stella is obsessed with Jane Eyre, but…read more →