The Taliban are poised to take control of Afghanistan. Foreign NGOs are recalling their workers, but Gwen has no intention of leaving. She’s just met a blue-eyed opium trafficker called Syed, and together they’ve devised a plan. Fifteen years later, in London, Gwen’s daughter Nadia has no interest in the Afghan father she never met, until her mother’s behaviour becomes even more erratic than usual.
A story of teenage angst, youthful idealism and mid-life doubt in two different worlds.
‘Sublime in its rawness, elegant in its outrage and compassionate in its fury. A damn good novel’
Ece Temelkuran, author of A Time of Mute Swans and Women who Blow on Knots
‘Brilliant, playful, timely and wise.’
Elanor Dymott, author of Every Contact Leaves a Trace and Slack-Tide
Short fiction in anthologies
Survivor - Story Cities, Arachne Press, 2019
The Last Tree - Words for the Wild, 2018
Listen to The Last Tree read by Simon Scardifield here
Full Powers - Stories for Homes 2, 2017
Horrible Sunshine - She Said He Said I Said (New Writing Scotland 35), Association of Scottish Literary Studies, 2017
Butter Fish Parrot Fish - ‘Shoe Fly Baby,’ The Asham Award anthology, Bloomsbury, 2004
A Tasmanian Tiger in London - The Macallan/Scotland on Sunday Short Story Collection, Polygon, 2002