My Books

Down a Tuscan Alley

Laura on the terraceLorri, an eternal optimist, is in search of a new life. With little money and her two beloved cats, she leaves one back alley in raining Devon to come to another in sunny Italy. But this one leads to romance, intrigue and a journey of self-discovery.

Published by Solstice publishing. It can be bought on


“When I began the first chapter of ‘Down a Tuscan Alley’ I thought, oh, no, yet another long-winded yarn of doing up a house in Tuscany. So I was pleasantly surprised to discover it is about ‘doing up a person’ in Tuscany without a house or vineyard in sight.

Lorri, an English woman in her late forties, decides to go it alone. Fleeing the UK and a past relationship, she searches for a new life in a minute back alley apartment in Tuscany, which is all she can afford. The strong, often comic, narrative voice, guides the reader through the passion, mishaps and the intrigue. I very much liked the vulnerability of the protagonist and her early struggles with the language, new culture, and the randy plumbers and electricians.

Gradually Lorri finds a new confidence and is able to live out her dream of the good life in Tuscany.

An excellent read.”

Neil Osborn (Arts and books reviewer)

A Tale Of Two Cats

Down a Tuscan alley - book coverTwo abandoned cats with nowhere to go. Then along comes an English human and finds them – first, Rosetta, a feral kitten hiding in the forest. Then Julie, domesticated but abandoned – wandering the alleyways desperate for a home.

Their lives are transformed when taken in to a village house to live with the English mother and Italian father, known as babbo. Being exceptionally intelligent cats, they quickly learn human ways. The fun begins when the parents go out.

Can be ordered through the publisher - or through me - the price is €10 or £8.99 in the UK

“. . . funny and charming – wonderfully original illustrations.”

Neil Osborn (Arts and books reviewer)