First off, a big thanks to all who entered the competition to win a copy of Janina Matthewson’s ‘The Understanding of Women’. The draw’s been made now and the winners are SarahGraceLogan, and Kirsty. Congrats to you both. I’m sure you’ll love it. And commiserations to those whose names weren’t pulled out of my biscuit tin.


A few months ago a few of the stories from Freaks! (the eBook is still only 99p!) got the Stories Aloud treatment. In a fire station, somewhere in the depths of Oxford, the brilliant Julie Mayhew (who’s a top writer as well as actress) and Steve Hay, performed those stories. And those performance of those stories were filmed by my partner in fictional crime, the ever brilliant Caroline Smailes. And here they are. The visual quality isn’t so great but, happily, the audio is. (Plus, I’ve just discovered that I can’t actually upload the video files here…)  So here’s the audio from the night. I hope you enjoy them. I certainly did.

Soup, read by Julie Mayhew

Before I Lost You, read by Julie Mayhew

Magic Beans, read by Steve Hay