A new title, a cover and other news

Yes, that’s it. The new title. My book is now called BLIND SIDE.

RIP Ghosts of Chechnya.

It’s been a painstaking process getting to the new title. Blind Side was my idea, but some consultation and dithering was involved before the final decision. Now I’ve chosen the title I’ve actually got to get used to it, which is not so easy after many years of the other one.

Other news:

Blind Side is due to come out on 28th July, which is only – *heartstopping screech* – just over 3 week’s time. Eeeeeek!!!

So, no more moping over Brexit or the division and disintegration of our not-quite-so united kingdom, and definitely no distraction in the form of watching Andy Murray nearly lose another match at Wimbledon – just full-on application to Book-Related Stuff.

The book’s cover is crystallizing as I write… here are a couple of rough early visuals (both discarded in favour of other ideas).

early cover ideas - discarded

This evening after only 3 hours and the help of some online writer friends I decided which of my two top-choice visuals to go with (will keep it a surprise). The designer will develop it further and hopefully the finished version will be ready in time for publication date.

Also I’m setting up a Blind Side blog tour with the help of Unbound – lots of organisational effort required for this, which is not really my strong point. (Any of you wonderful book bloggers out there who would like to be a part of it, please let me know via the form. We have a few dates left – currently July 22, 23, 29 and 30.)

That’s all for now. More news to follow shortly.

Draft blurb:


The story begins in London in 2005, a few months before the 7/7 bus and Tube bombings. Georgie agrees to have sex with Julian, her close friend from their university days. Wary of relationships after previous heartbreak, she is shocked when Julian reveals he has loved her for a long time but felt unable to tell her.

Soon afterwards Georgie meets Nikolai, an ex-soldier recently arrived from Russia. Despite her misgivings, she can’t resist him; Julian, jealous of his perceived rival, struggles to deal with Georgie’s rejection.

Realising how deeply war-time incidents in Chechnya have affected Nikolai, Georgie wonders what terrible thing the Russian is hiding from her.

Then London is attacked. In the climate of anxiety and suspicion post-7/7, Georgie must decide who she can trust and who she should fear, before it’s too late.

BLIND SIDE explores love and friendship, guilt and betrayal, secrets and obsession. How well we can ever really know anyone? And what should we do if we find out that the unthinkable has happened? An explosive, debate-provoking thriller that confronts urgent issues of our times and contemplates some of our deepest fears.

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