Category Archives: Leros

JIGSAW ISLAND is live!

Finally, after a l-o-o-o-o-ong birth process, JIGSAW ISLAND is live. Ebook published today. Paperback out in July. On a holiday escape to the Greek islands, Annie Buchanan discovers what – and then who – is missing from her life… When … Continue reading

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JIGSAW ISLAND – COVER REVEAL

At last – here is the cover for JIGSAW ISLAND, my second novel, both a stand alone fiction and a sequel to TERRIBLE WITH RAISINS. To be published this month. Excited and relieved… On a holiday escape to the Greek … Continue reading

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Behind the holiday island: The refugee crisis and the future for healthcare on Leros

     Pandeli Harbour, Leros Here is the second part of the interview with my friend, Takis Varnas, who works as a nurse on Leros in the Dodecanese islands. I am indebted to him for his practical help and advice … Continue reading

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Behind the holiday island: Leros as seen by Takis Varnas

Apart from the beauty of the island of Leros, Martyn and I return year after year because of the friends we have made there. We have known Takis Varnas and his family the longest. They have all helped me one … Continue reading

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Running away from it all

A friend of mine said recently – “It’s not too bad a time for writers – they can disappear into their own heads”. That’s true up to a point. I’m re-writing and tidying Jigsaw Island on the advice of my … Continue reading

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Beside the seaside…

Doing my own final edit of Jigsaw Island before passing it on to the professionals, I am lost in my mind’s eye with memories such as this – Leros, September 2018… Whereas, from our garden today, this is the view… … Continue reading

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Berlin – a city with a conscience

From Winston Churchill’s speech UNITED STATES OF EUROPE September 19, 1946. University of Zurich Our constant aim must be to build and fortify the United Nations Organisation. Under and within that world concept we must re-create the European family in … Continue reading

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Getting literate…

Persuade a friend to pledge on UNBOUND.COM for a copy of JIGSAW ISLAND at Paperback or Super Patron Paperback (EARLY BIRD) levels and receive a free paperback of the prequel, TERRIBLE WITH RAISINS (TWR), yourself. Pledges at READ WITH A … Continue reading

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Diana re-appears on Leros!

In 2002, Martyn and I went to Leros to celebrate his 50th birthday. As usual, we stayed at Studios Happiness and had fun with the Varnas family, Mixailis, Eytychia, Despina, Takis,  and micra – little – Eytychia (granddaughters being named … Continue reading

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