My Non-fiction


The Mongols have had a bad press. In particular, their assault on Baghdad has been described as the greatest disaster to befall a nation or a people. The rule of the Persian Il-khans has been portrayed as a period of economic stagnation and artistic desolation.Whilst not setting out to excuse their excesses, this book attempts to present the Mongols in a fairer light. It revisits the Mongol Persian story and along the way introduces some of the intriguing queens and empresses who supported the khans and – often enough – controlled them and their empire.

Force is always beside the point when subtlety will serve.’ Herodotus, quoting King Darius of Persia)

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wpress gallerycoverPublished in 2016

A celebration of the bicentenary of the creation of Frankenstein in 1816 –

‘Even now, as we stare out into that fourteen billion year void, we look beyond the horizon of the possible and achievable into fantasies of our own.
‘Are we alone in the universe, a single intelligence among the quadrillions or quintillions of other star systems out there? And if not, will we ever find a way of communicating with the others, and of reaching them? Are wormholes real? Is time reversible?
‘These are some of the fantasies of today – the realms of the impossible – just as, for our ancestors, flying, X-rays, solar heating and television would have been magic in their age. And we wonder, as they wondered. We dream, as they dreamed.
‘And these dreams we translate into stories, on the pages of a book, an electronic reader or a movie screen. Our fantasies are all around. Perhaps one day . . .’

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Since December 2017

– Also available as a paperback 



Family History Books

“The names we bear are a paradox. They may give us identity, but that very identity is an absurdity.”

Surnames come to us from our fathers, and from our father’s fathers. However, by looking only for the origins of our names, we miss out on the rich tapestry of the many different families who have given us their genes.



PATTERNS cover“I tell you today, that every ounce of gold taken from the bowels of our soil will yet have to be weighed up with rivers of tears.” (Paul Kruger – quoted in Patterns)

 The coal industry is one that for more than two centuries in Scotland dehumanised men, women and children. It treated them as property, housed them in appalling conditions and pressured them into risking their lives, often
cutting them short, amidst noxious dust, water, poisonous fumes and fire, all in the name of profit.



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