In At The Deep End Available In Swedish

In At The Deep End published by Barrington Stoke is now available in Swedish. Here’s a review by Agneta Warheim for BTJ which is a Swedish Library Journal (with thanks to Maria at Argasso publishers for kindly translating to English).

“A very good portrayal of Ben’s development during his long swim. Going into the pool he’s an insecure boy dependent on the approval of his tough friends, who never show up, but as he leaves it he does so with a new-found confidence. Ben is quick to judge the older woman, Betty, but his view changes throughout his ordeal, as she becomes a moral support for him.

The easy-to-read text describes Ben’s thoughts and feelings in an excellent way and it’s exciting to read on to see if Ben will succeed in swimming all the laps alone. A splendid book for reluctant readers.”

RNIB Talking Book Version Of Goodnight Mister Tom

There is a lovely abridged version of Goodnight Mister Tom read by Patrick Malahide (Penguin Books Limited) but recently I met some blind people and their sighted friends who told me how much they loved the full version, read by actor Christopher Saul (a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company).

Because of their enthusiasm I contacted the RNIB Helpline and was told:

“For those people who are blind, this is available to borrow free of charge from our library to individuals who are unable to read standard print. This can include sight impairment and dyslexia.

If there is a student who would benefit from audio books, we ask the parents or the teacher to contact us directly to set up a library account.”

Their library team will then be able to give advice.

The book is also available to buy through them as a DAISY Made to Order CD for £9.99. Click here to buy a copy.

Anyone is able to buy the book for themselves, regardless of sight.

Their helpline email is:


Back Home DVD

Three of my books (Back Home, Cuckoo in the Nest and A Spoonful of Jam) deal with how families struggled to live together again after the evacuees and their fathers returned home. Recently, I have been approached by readers, including teachers about Back Home, which is about a 12-year-old girl returning to war torn Britain after having lived in America for five years.

The book was made into a television film starring Hayley Mills (screenplay by David Wood) and won a Gold Award at the New York Film and Television Festival in 1990.

I know that many teachers who share Goodnight Mister Tom with their pupils also like to show them the John Thaw film. For those teachers and other readers who are interested in obtaining a DVD of this version of Back Home you can now order it at Vic’s Rare Films.

Click on the picture to purchase the film.

If you prefer to make an order by telephone their number is: 01276 34126.
Chris Smedley at Vic’s Rare Films has also generously offered to reduce the price from £14.95 to £9.95 for our readers – just mention where you read this when you order.

For all enquiries, their email address is:

Incidental Music for GMT The Play

It has come to my attention that amateur companies that are putting on the stage play version of Goodnight Mister Tom are having difficulties obtaining the recorded music that Composer Matthew Scott has written to be played between the scenes.

For those directors who wish to get hold of this music please email him here and ask him to invite you to his Dropbox where you will be able to access it.

To find out more about this please contact Debbie Simmons in the licensing department at publishers Samuel French on: 0207 255 4313. You can also email her here.
She will be able to help further.

A Reply To Fans Of The Hollis Family Books

Michele would like to thank all the fans of the Hollis Family books, particularly L. Tilly and C Sykes. They very kindly wrote reviews on Amazon of Cuckoo In The Nest, A Spoonful Of Jam and Impossible!

Here is her message to them:

“Dear L.Tilley and C.Sykes,

I am delighted that you both love the Hollis Family books (Cuckoo in the Nest, A Spoonful of Jam and Impossible!)
The Henry that Elsie marries is the main character in another of my books: Just Henry.
I hope you enjoy that book too.”


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