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Since the autumn of last year I have been working on a new novel, one that is a development of the short story Runaways which I wrote in 2012. This was a twist on the real life case of British maths teacher Jeremy Forrest who abducted a 15-year-old pupil, his girlfriend, and headed to the south of France with her.


In my story the teacher is female and the pupil is a 16-year-old boy. They are hiding in plain sight on a campsite in an unremarkable town in the Sologne region of central France and are spotted, and recognised, by an English resident of the town who suddenly has a decision to make.


Originally entitled The Blush of Betrayal, the novel follows the themes of trust and betrayal between characters who appear, not only in France and England, but also in the 1940s period of German Occupation and the present day.

There is plenty more about the story in the dedicated Books page of this site.