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Brain Sane Newsletter

I thought I’d post my latest Brain Sane newsletter here so you can see what sort of things it contains. And remember that you can only be eligible...

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Book recommendations for teenagers

The best people to ask are the readers themselves, so I did I’m the Patron of Reading at Larbert High School (as you must know by know!) and...

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I’m very grateful…

…to schools and organisations who find a budget to pay me to come and talk to them. I know it’s not easy and I am truly grateful. This...

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Amputating an audience member’s leg

One of my favourite occupations! It’s amazing they let me into schools nowadays, to be honest. This was part of Larbert High School’s S2 trip to Edinburgh for...

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Free book for you

STOP PRESS: every customer to buy more than two items (excluding ebooks) from my shop this week (by end of Friday 21st Nov) will receive one of my books, of their choice,...

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Events & Training

I deliver in-service training on all aspects of adolescent brains and stress and give talks about the reading brain and reading for pleasure. And, I talk to teenagers in schools, too, and to parents. No budget for author events? Buy my BRAIN STICKS™ - and teach young people to look after their brains without the cost of inviting me!

The Shop

Signed books, BRAIN STICKS™ (an array of classroom materials to improve learning and wellbeing), two wonderful t-towels, other gifts and ebooks.


I give honest advice to writers about all aspects of writing, publication and promotion. I also critique MSS and submissions - honestly.


Reassurance and understanding for teenagers and the adults who care about them. New title: The Teenage Guide to Stress. You'll find a free relaxation audio here, too.


Drop into this section to learn more about my novels for young people and info for schools. All my books are different, so I hope there's one (or more...) that you might enjoy.

Patron of Reading

I am delighted to be Scotland's first Patron of Reading, for the wonderfully enthusiastic Larbert High School near Falkirk. Click here for more information and news as it comes in.

JUST LAUNCHED: The Teenage Guide to Stress and BRAIN STICKS™