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Sample Chapters: The Diary of Isabella M Smugge

September

This morning, I woke up at 6 am, got up, did my stretches and forty lengths of the pool then said to myself, ‘Isabella, you’re a lucky girl. No cellulite to speak of, all your own teeth, a handsome husband, three beautiful children and a lovely house.’ 
I wouldn’t want to give you the impression that… Read More »

Sample Chapters! The Green Ink Ghost

Prologue
Josiah’s spade strikes wood around five feet down. 
‘That’s it. Willard’s coffin.’ Standing at the edge, I peer into the pit. 
‘I think it is.’ Josiah scoops soil from the lid, adding to the spoil heap. When he’s cleared half of the lid, we swap places and I finish the job. The coffin is still intact and seems remarkably strong… Read More »

Sample Chapters! Hide and Secret


When Mum said we were moving back to Edinburgh, I chucked a radge. That’s Scottish for getting angry and losing your temper. I stamped and slammed doors and shouted rude words.  
When I finally calmed down enough to talk to her about it, I said, ‘How can it be back to Edinburgh? Cairo is my home… Read More »

Sample Chapters! Stories from the Streets

Chapter 1 
The Story of the Good Samaritan 
Thankfully, it was a dry autumn evening. Our patrol hadn’t been that eventful when we came across a man, perhaps in his early sixties, whose hands were bleeding profusely. To our surprise and disappointment, he refused all our offers of first aid. We finally managed to persuade him to… Read More »

Sample Chapters! Albert Stridemore’s Lockdown Discoveries

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3rd January 2020
What’s in a Name? 
Albert Stridemore’s neighbours on the Irmingshawe estate would often observe that never had a man been more appropriately christened. ‘He really is an Albert,’ they would say to each other as he passed with a curt nod of his head and a brief greeting – never usually more than… Read More »

Sample Chapters! The Treasure Man

Chapter One 
‘Get off me!’ 
‘Shhhh, you’ll wake everyone up.’ 
‘No. Get off me!’ 
Sienna sighed, not sure if it was her brothers’ muffled words or the sound of them wrestling that had woken her up, but she certainly didn’t need an alarm clock. The paper-thin walls were not enough to keep out… Read More »

Sample Chapters! Tracks of Trustworthiness

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Do it Well 
Good Governance Matters 
We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God. (Daniel 6:5) 
Things need to be done well so that there is honour to the name of Christ publicly. 
Governance is an awkward-sounding word: it does not trip easily off the tongue, and it even sounds a little threatening. It can feel Read More »

Sample Chapters! Led to the Banquet Hall

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A Relentless Nightmare

Imagine a married couple renting a two-bedroom terraced council house in the 1950s in a dilapidated neighbourhood, with five young children all under the age of six. The children’s parents were holding down different jobs to bring in enough money for food and payment of bills… Read More »

Sample Chapters! To the Fourth Generation

chapter 1 
the golden trowel 

I’ve been telling stories all my life. That’s what I do. That’s what I’ve always done. It must have started with the squiggles and scribbled drawings I made of what I could see around me when I was very young. And as soon as I learned to speak – at least, that’s how I remember it – I began to tell myself stories as I drifted off to sleep each night about what had happened that day… Read More »

PREVIEW: Charities and COVID-19

Postscript 
Covid-19
Go, post a lookout and let him report what he sees … let him be alert, fully alert.
(Isaiah 21:6, 7)

The Covid-19 crisis is massively affecting charities. If you look back to the end of chapter 13 (p255), which was on succession planning and possible future trends, you will find this conclusion:  
Future-proofing our ministries… Read More »