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The House Next Door

“Hurry,” I heard someone say. “He’s losing a lot of blood.”

The Rumour

It starts with a rumour. Whispers at the school gate.

What You Wish For

The moose could not explain why only a few humans could see it.

Save Make Do

I went out flatting at age 18 and started buying my own groceries.

Two Can Keep A Secret

 “You have four kinds of sparkling water,” Mia reports from the depths of our refrigerator.


As an island nation, Aotearoa New Zealand has borders which are both clearly defined and highly permeable.

The Front Runner

To get to the tiny village of Kittredge, Colorado, which for five days in 1987 became the unlikely center of the political solar system, you have to take the interstate about ten miles west of Denver

We Can See You

Even the most perfect life can shatter in seconds, and Brook Connor’s nightmare began approximately two minutes after she walked through her front door.

Tom Clancy's Oath of Office

In Mother Russia, secrets did not stay secret for long.

The First Lady

Twenty-one minutes before the ambush, Harrison Tucker is lying on his stomach on a king-size bed in an Atlanta hotel room

Once Upon a River

There was once an inn that sat peacefully on the bank of the Thames at Radcot, a long day’s walk from the source.

Babies & Toddlers

So, you’ve finished reading Up the Duff: The Real Guide to Pregnancy, and now you’ve thrown it at the wall and you’re shouting ‘Yes, but what do I do now the bloody baby has arrived, you dreadful slattern?!’


When I was a kid, my aspirations were simple. I wanted a dog. I wanted a house that had stairs in it— two floors for one family.

Let's Get Lost

From Tatapouri, we made our way into Gisborne and slowly adapted to things like traffic lights and – well – traffic!

The Sentence is Death

Usually, I enjoy visiting film sets.

Two Old Men Dying

At the time of the discovery of the astonishingly ancient Learned Man, some decades back, my friend Peter Jorgensen, a scientist from Melbourne, was testing dried lake basins and their sediments for records of ancient rainfall oscillations.

The Wych Elm

I’ve always considered myself to be, basically, a lucky person.

The Children Act

London. Trinity term one week old. Implacable June weather.

Target: Alex Cross

Temperatures that late January morning plunged to four degrees above zero, and still people came by the hundreds of thousands, packing both sides of the procession route from Capitol Hill to the White House.

Sea of Greed

David Ben-Avi walked along a trail on the rocky, windswept island of Jaros.