Absurd Petunias The Falcon with a Virgin's Face Aram The Vigil of Rain Mortimer Blakely is Missing Dangerous Waves The Chinaman’s Bastard

Absurd Petunias

This is a love story, a spy story and a story of resolution.

The Falcon with a Virgin's Face

'You once told me peregrines mate for life.’


Villany is always progressive, and declines from right, step after step.
Eugene Aram, 1759

The Vigil of Rain

As things were to turn out it would be a weekend I would never forget, none of us would.

Mortimer Blakely is Missing

'Where to put it. That was a major problem.'

"It." What did he mean by "it", I wondered. My vision struggled to adjust in the bad light. Finally seeing "it", I staggered back with shock. I could not stop myself, barely aware of Mr Brown's hand on my arm to steady me.

'Not such a taking sight for any man to behold, eh.' The warder's voice was full of contempt. 'Where would you put it? The men's or the women's block?'

Dangerous Waves

‘Too late – the big wave came, the wave they had all dreaded might come.’


The Chinaman’s Bastard

First published in 2009 and now out of print – a collector's item – an amended version to be republished by Jeremy Mills early in 2014 as Dangerous Waves.


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Educated in Leeds, Amanda Taylor did some magazine work and won a National Poetry Prize. She played squash for Yorkshire for nine years. Despite living in the middle of a grouse moor, about as far away as you can get from the sea, Amanda completed a successful relay swim of the English Channel and maintains that working out her plots helps the tedium of all those training miles.


'I am longing to be with you, and by the sea, where we can talk together freely and build our castles in the air.'

Bram Stoker, Dracula.






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