“A joy to read … haunting, captivating and beautifully written.”
The Anne Boleyn Files
“The novel is both an entertaining and an intellectual read … a cleverly written, suspenseful novel.”
This Miss Loves to Read
“Dark humour, bizarre circumstances and festering desires fuse together seamlessly in his latest book, The Arrow Chest, creating yet another sumptuous and slightly demonic story.”
“The historical authenticity of this novel is very engaging and, at times, utterly breathtaking.”
“Possibly the most beautiful realisation of the true landscape of Victorian art, and the most convincing and touching portrait of a Victorian gentleman artist.”
Kirsty Stonell Walker,
author and Victorian Studies specialist
“Captivating. Mysterious. Delightful.”
“From the very first page, I was in awe! An intermingling of the Victorian Era and the 16th-century tragedy of Anne Boleyn. How is that possible? Well, you need to read it to find out!”
Book Talk with Charla
“A lovely, multi-layered novel of romance, suspense, ghostly hauntings and dreams, spiced with wonderful touches of humour and a fascinating glimpse of life in the Victorian era.”
Cat Toomey, Tell Me a Story
“A haunting portrait of Victorian England ... I loved The Arrow Chest and did not want it to end.”
So Many Precious Books So Little Time
Full-length neo-Victorian (modern Victorian) novel featuring the story of Anne Boleyn in a Gothicsetting.
A multi-layered story of romance, ghostly hauntings and hidden desire challenged by the complex moral strictures of 19th-century England.
Overarching sense of destiny and magical realism blends with time-slip episodes that refer back to the Tudor era and the love triangle between Anne Boleyn, Thomas Wyatt and Henry VIII.
Atmospheric Gothic-revivalist locations. Also the Tower of London and the Isle of Wight.
The characters become fascinated with the poetry of Tennyson and Thomas Wyatt. They are drawn to ‘the occult’ and to the sentiments of Pre-Raphaelite art.
The presence of Tennyson’s iconic poem The Lady of Shalott in the consciousness of the main protagonists serves as a bridge between the two periods, Tudor and Victorian.
Aristocratic country living and high fashion contrast with island life and the liberating ‘seaside culture’ of late 19th-century Britain.
CreateSpace (first published January 4, 2011)
Current: ISBN-10: 1499366019 Paperback: 342 pages
Also on Kindle - ASIN: B004HYHGCU
The neo-Victorian novel THE ARROW CHEST
The painter Amos Roselli is in love with his life-long friend and model, the beautiful Daphne - and she with him - until one day she is discovered by another man, a powerful and wealthy industrialist.
What will happen when Daphne realises she has sacrificed her happiness to a loveless marriage? What will happen when the artist realises he has lost his most cherished source of inspiration? And how will they negotiate the ever-increasing frequency of strange and bizarre events that seem to be driving them relentlessly towards self-destruction?
Here, amid the extravagant Neo-Gothic culture of Victorian England, the iconic poem ‘The Lady of Shalott’ blends with mysterious and ghostly glimpses of Tudor history. Romantic, atmospheric and deeply dark.