Alumni Authors: J - L

Victoria Jenkins - alumna authorA Promise to The Dead

The blur of shapes began to sharpen, forming a clear picture that stood out against the darkened background. For a moment he couldn’t move, his fear rendering him immobile. He needed help. He turned to run. On a dark night, on a mountain road, a young couple, Matthew and Stacey, are on their way home from a night out. Their car breaks down and Matthew leaves to look for help. By the next morning, Stacey is found murdered in the car and Matthew is missing, presumed guilty of her murder. Called to the scene, Detective Alex King and her team soon see some terrifying links – to another local young man who is missing, and to the discovery of a body from 30 years ago. Alex knows that the missing and the dead have a story to tell her. But will she hear it in time to uncover the killer before they strike again? 

A Promise to the Dead is a totally unputdownable crime thriller that will have you hooked. Readers of Angela Marsons, Karin Slaughter and Robert Dugoni will love this.

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Anita KirkpatrickThe Story of Silage

The Story of Silage on River View Farm is a children’s educational book about how silage is made on our farm in Northern Ireland. All the photographs have been taken by the author, who lives on the farm, and the easy narrative appeals to children and even a few adults who have grown up in towns and cities!

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Dave Lewis - Going Off GridGoing Off Grid

A modern poetry classic focusing on digital capitalism, the negative influence of big tech and our addiction to data. Deeply concerned with the negative direction mankind is taking Lewis argues we need to steer ourselves back to a simpler, happier place in the more important offline world. His new work has been described as ‘The Waste Land for millennials’ by Welsh singer/songwriter Andrew Davies

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Barrie LlewelynGather Gold and other stories

Women who should know better, but don’t. Characters who occupy both urban America and rural Wales – sometimes at the same time.

Mothers and daughters; husbands and lovers - these are some of the tensions and fusions explored in this surprising collection by Barrie Llewelyn, a writer who is interested in the way each authentic voice can be startling and, sometimes, disturbing.

"Moving and powerful. Llewelyn writes with a quiet elegance reminiscent of the best of Amy Hempel or Raymond Carver. Sublime." Mike Thomas

"Tightly crafted with an immediate and intriguing voice, which is no mean feat given the range of narrators used. Intensely relevant, thought-provoking and engaging!" Tom Anderson

“The stories are beautifully observed; they stay with the reader for a long time afterwards.” Emma Darwin 

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