News and Events

Waterstones, Inverness, Thursday 7th June, 6 pm

Waterstones in the Eastgate Centre will be the venue for the worldwide launch of Effie’s War, only one day after the book’s official publication date. The latter was chosen to coincide with the anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, 1944. Waterstones has provided the launch venue for several of my books and I’m looking forward to returning there again with Effie!


Inver hall, Saturday 9th June, 11 am

Residents in the village of Inver gathered in their local hall on 11th November 1943 to hear more about the enforced evacuation. It seemed only right that one of the book launch events for Effie’s War should take place in the current Inver hall. I’ll discuss how I turned these extraordinary events in the Highlands into a full length novel, as well as giving readings from Effie’s War and answering questions. Copies of the new book will be for sale and I’ll be happy to sign them.

Beach InverBeach near Portmahomack 

Dornoch Social Club, Saturday 16th June, 10 am

The social club in Dornoch is another favourite venue of mine and in the autumn of 2015 was the starting place for the tour of the stage play, Casting Off. My talk about Effie’s War is at 10 am but I will have shut up by 11 (that’s am, not pm!) and people can then enjoy tea/coffee and excellent home baking until around 12.30.  All proceeds from the sale of refreshments will go to the charity Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund.

Dornoch Cathedral
Dornoch Cathedral

Nairn bookshop, Wednesday 20th June, 7 pm

The Nairn bookshop moved to its current premises only a few years ago and is a fantastic place for a book launch. It hosts regular author events and I’m really delighted to be invited to return, this time to speak about Effie’s War.

Nairn Bookshop
Nairn Bookshop

Tarbat Discovery Centre, Thursday 21st June, 7.30 pm (£3 entrance fee)

It was a visit to the Tarbat Discovery Centre in 2017 and hearing again the story about the evacuation in 1943 that set the writing boulder rolling down the hill. The museum, in Portmahomack, will provide the venue for several book related events for Effie’s War. During June, this will include:

Book signings between 10.00 – 11.00 am on Friday 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th.

Tarbat Discovery Centre
Tarbat Discovery Centre