Cover of Salt Lick

Latest updates

Films for Salt Lick - can you help?

Tuesday, 8 February 2022

Hello All


I have had an idea to help share Salt Lick with a wider readership and am asking for a moment of your time.


Would you be willing to film or record yourself, just on a phone, reading a few sentences that you like from Salt Lick, then explain, in a few words, what it is you enjoyed about the book, or what drew you to the excerpt you chose?


I will then make little films…

The Review Hustle Shuffle

Sunday, 14 November 2021

Thank you for backing Salt Lick and making it a reality.

I'm so pleased with the early reviews and would love it if you could add to them:

John Mitchinson, the head of Unbound, tweeted that 'Salt Lick is one of the most original and beautifully written novels Unbound have published'.

Debbie Walsh said on Goodreads ‘One of the best novels I've read in a long time, and impossible to put down…

Invitation reminder.

Saturday, 11 September 2021

Less than a week to publication! Please join me for the online launch of Salt Lick, on publication day, 16 September, 7.30 pm. There will be a chance to ask questions, book giveaways, and a bit of book chat. All are welcome, and I'd love to see you. Just register using the button link below.

I hope to see you there, all the best, Lulu…


Monday, 23 August 2021

Please join me for the online launch of Salt Lick, on publication day, 16 September, 7.30 pm


You will need to register here beforehand.

At last something that began years ago, with a song about wild animals in a shopping mall and the idea of a man in prison imagining the inside of his body as a landscape of retreat, has become a book.

Many of you have helped Salt Lick come…

Pledge rewards are on their way

Thursday, 5 August 2021

As the publication of Salt Lick gets nearer, I have been working on the fulfilment of pledges. Thank you to all who pledged at every level. You will get your books separately and I hope to have all of the physical rewards posted before the book is published on September 16th. 

First batch to be sent out will be the wish cows. They are made from recycled aluminium and board, with gilded horns and…

Pledge Rewards Coming to Life!

Sunday, 18 July 2021

Quick announcement - If you are part of a book group and would like to know about a lovely special offer I have, drop me a line here!

I have started making pledge rewards to send out to all of you lovely people who backed Salt Lick. Yesterday was a day of lino cutting and printing and I'm very happy with the results - 2 out of 5 cards ready to go. 

The theme was cows, as stated on the Unbound…

Update on publication of Salt Lick

Friday, 14 May 2021

It’s been a while since I had anything to report on Salt Lick. This is because there was a mix up with the copy edit which has taken a chunk of time to put right. It will mean that Salt Lick will be published later than planned, but I am happy to say that Unbound have taken their usual care to ensure that when it is published, it is in the best shape possible.

Work on the cover is almost done and…

Time to Edit Salt Lick

Monday, 16 November 2020

Dear Backers of Salt Lick

I am pleased to say that Salt Lick has come back from the editor with some fantastic comments and, as your backing has made this book a joint venture, I wanted to share some of them with you: 

"My overall impression is that this an extremely accomplished piece of work, written with the skill of a poet and the imagination of Sarah Moss or Andrew Michael Hurley. It…

The Cow Chorus is ready to roll.

Thursday, 21 May 2020

I am so delighted that Salt Lick is funded. I am thankful to many people and have been blown away by the support. Thank you. I hope that I can do it justice, that you will come to feel proud of having your names listed in the book as a supporter and that you will enjoy reading Satl Lick when you get your copy. (There is still time to add yourself to that list if you would like to.)

I have a…


Monday, 27 April 2020

Folks, if any of you would like to sign up to an irregular, occasional newsletter that comes direct, please take a look at the kind of thing I send out here:

You can sign up at the bottom of the form. I will be sending out free short stories to subscribers soon.

Thank you for your support of Salt Lick, it really…

The Magic Bundle - New Pledge Level and other news.

Monday, 6 April 2020

I am thrilled to be able to offer a new pledge level to back Salt Lick that includes these utterly beautiful and very appropriate cow rings made by one of my favourits artist/jewellers Frances Boyle. I already have one of my own given to me at Christmas, it feels like my good luck charm. And now I have secured the last three to offer as pledge rewards. In the bundle are some hand-printed cow cards…

All still here - apart and together

Saturday, 28 March 2020

Hello friends. 

It's time to pop my head, however tentatively, back over the parapet. And I am very happy to say that I have a piece published today on the Memoirist site. It's about my grandfather, pictured above, and the strange uncertainty when this irrascible, bold and imposing man became more gentle and lost. I hope you may enjoy reading it. There are lots of great essays on the site,…

Other Unbounders #1 - Tom Ward

Monday, 17 February 2020

“What I love most is the idea that leaving London to go into the countryside seems like stepping beyond the barriers, into this quasi-dangerous world.” - Tom Ward.


Tom Ward is the author of The Lion and the Unicorn, one of the Unbound projects I was delighted to support with a pledge. Tom noticed that our two books have some similar themes, as can be seen from the quote above, so we decided…

Booty for backers

Friday, 31 January 2020

I am delighted that Salt Lick is now 1/3 funded. To clebetrate I've given all backers 1/3 off everything in my Etsy shop Seventy Seven Seas. If you'd like to benefit from this offer, just pledge for Salt Lick before Monday when the offer expires. 

Seventy Seven Seas is full of icons, household gods, charms and curious anatomies. Everything is hand made from recycled or waste materials. And…

Thank yous

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

I have just sent out thank you messages to all those I can reach who have backed Salt Lick. The response has been so good and I am really delighted so wanted to convey that to all of you who made it happen.

I don't have a way to directly contact everyone so here are the last ones to round it off! You are welcome to contact me so that I have your email or Twitter handle, but of course, Unbound don…

Salt Lick is on the Starting Blocks

Thursday, 16 January 2020

Hello everyone


Welcome to the page for Salt Lick. I’m delighted that Unbound have agreed to publish my second book and look forward to making lots of new connections with readers on the way. 


To help you get to know the book here are ten things about it. 


1. The first spark was an image of a man in prison thinking about the inside of his body. 


2. When writing I…

Publication date: July 2021
118% funded
262 backers