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Sardine Pasta Sauce

If you found The Multiple Sclerosis Diet Book useful, you might like to know that an updated and revised edition will be published on 17 February 2017.

Since the book was first published in 2007, doctors with MS such as George Jelinek in Australia and Terry Wahls in the USA, have started to advocate diet as a treatment for MS. Although they each suggest a slightly different diet, both have found nutritional medicine more effective in their own case than the currently available drugs. The updated edition includes both George Jelinek’s Overcoming MS diet, and the Wahls Protocol, as well as current research on the benefits of vitamin D and the effects of substances such as salt and sugar on people with MS. There are also lots of new, easy to cook, recipes.

To whet your appetite, here’s one of my favourite recipes which is suitable for a healthy eating diet, the low-fat diet, the Best Bet diet and the Overcoming MS diet.

Sardine Pasta Sauce  (Serves 1)

1 dstsp olive oil

1 stick celery, sliced, or ½ a small leek, sliced

1 clove garlic, crushed

½ red pepper, deseeded and sliced

½ small courgette, sliced

200ml. (7 fl.oz.) passata

1 tin sardines, drained and chopped

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp dried parsley

Soften celery or leek,  garlic, pepper and courgettes in oil in a covered pan over a low heat for about 10 minutes. Add  passata, sardines and herbs and spices. Mix well and heat through. Season with salt and serve with your pasta of choice.

Wishing Shelf Book Awards!

Eye Spy has just been awarded a Red Ribbon in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards! Books in this competition are read in schools throughout the UK. Here are two typical comments from readers:

‘Sort of like Harry Potter with lots of sub-plots.’   Girl, aged 12

‘Exciting and fun.’ Boy, aged 10¨

The final verdict from the readers was, ‘A fast-paced, exciting, whodunit’.

And for those of you who enjoyed Eye Spy, the good news is that Eye Spy 2 – Paranormal Activity is now complete, and is in the process of being edited. If everything goes according to plan, it will be available as a paperback and ebook next Spring. In the new book, Alex and Donna are reunited with an old friend, and investigate some spooky goings on in an old priory.

Good News! Price reduction coming up

From Friday 22 July until Thursday 28 July, the ebook version of Eye Spy with be priced at just 99p (UK) and 99c (US).  To buy, just click on one of the following links:-

Amazon UK

Amazon US



In the same week the paperback version will also be available for £3.99  from the Matador webshop:

For readers of ebooks

For an avid reader, it can be quite difficult to find new, affordable books to read.

You can use the links below to discover free and discounted ebooks to read in many different genres:



Essex Literary Events

I’ve got two literary events coming up in March. Please do come and introduce yourself if you are in the areas. Signed copies of Eye Spy and The MS Diet Book will be available to buy.

Saturday 12 March 2016

Book Sale at Leigh Community Centre, Elm Road, Leigh-on-Sea   10am – 1pm

I’ll be there with my friends from Leigh Writers Group, selling books from all genres.

Saturday 19 March /Sunday 20 March 2016

Southend Local Authors Day (SALAD) at The Forum, Elmer Square, Southend-on-Sea. Saturday: 10am – 4pmSunday: 11am – 4pm.  Admission free.

Come and meet local authors and listen to talks on a variety of subjects. At 12 noon on Saturday, I and my daughter, literary agent Louise Buckley, will be giving a talk entitled Routes into Publishing: -Traditional or Indie?

SALAD poster 2

Good News!

Good news! The paperback version of Eye Spy is now available from the Matador bookshop (

 It can also be pre-ordered now from Waterstones ( and Amazon (, where it will be available later this month.

 Eye Spy paperback cover

And for those of you who found The Multiple Sclerosis Diet Book useful, I am now working on an updated version. This will include the most up-to-date research on subjects such as Vitamin D and its importance for those with MS, as well as two new diets: the Overcoming MS diet, and the Wahls diet, both of which have enthusiastic followers around the world.

New cover and Leigh Literary and Arts Fair

Good news! Eye Spy will be published as a paperback on 28 January 2016. Here’s a preview of the new cover:EyeSpyupdated

In the meantime, come and join me at the Leigh Literary and Arts Fair on Saturday 19 September. There will be workshops, readings and lots of books and artwork to buy, and afterwards you can have a drink and a snack in the café. Come and join us if you can – it’s all free.

Leigh Literary and Arts Fair

The Books I Loved as a Child

This month I thought I’d list the books which I loved as a child and which live on in my memory. Most of them are still in print, and over the decades they have entertained generations of children.

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

Four children spend their summer holiday messing around in boats and camping on an island in a lake in Cumbria. This was the first full-length children’s novel I read.

The Secret GardenThe Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnet

Three children find an abandoned garden and bring it back to life. As a child I had my own secret garden which belonged to the derelict house next door, and I spent many happy hours playing there.

The Swish of the Curtain by Pamela Brown

I  read this book over and over again. It’s the story of seven children who turn an unused chapel into a theatre and put on their own plays. This book encouraged several famous actresses to take up acting, and the really impressive thing about it is that Pamela Brown was only 14 when she wrote it.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis

One of the few fantasy novels I enjoyed. I cried when Aslan died, and found the witch quite terrifying.

The Treasure SeekersThe Treasure Seekers by E Nesbit

A story about a family whose father is an inventor and who are struggling to make ends meet. Sounds familiar? This is probably where I got the original idea for Eye Spy.

 I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

Another story about a family with an eccentric and reclusive father. I was 12 when I first read it, and I found some scenes so funny I just couldn’t stop laughing.

Some of these books were written over one hundred years ago.  I wonder which of the children’s books that are popular now will still be read in 2115?