A novella published by PenPress in 2011 and republished by CreateSpace in 2015.
This urban fantasy penned for youngsters as well as adults in a distinctly British and whimsical voice, has been well received on both sides of the Atlantic. George Layton, the author and actor described it as: "A delightful fairy story that deals sensitively and compellingly with modern-day issues like homelessness, single mums and abusive parents." Bramwell Tovey, the broadcaster and composer said that its "wonderful images and thought-provoking scenes moved him to tears"; while Lovereading.co.uk wrote the following: "What an entrancing story. A real flight of fancy which will engage children in the plot and, at the same time, increase their understanding of real human relationships." Readers' Favorite, the American website, awarded it five stars. And it was long-listed by the 2018 Millenium Viral Book Awards.
An anthology to mark the centenary of World War I published by Mardibooks in 2014.
This anthology was published by Mardibooks in collaboration with IdeasTap, and was the result of a national creative writing competition. 23 winning entries made it into the published edition with a further 23 receiving commendations. The anthology comprises a diverse selection of short stories that tackle the subject of 'conflict' and were selected by the judges for being well plotted, original and captivating narratives. Alex's piece tells the sad tale pf Thomas Highgate - the first English serviceman to be executed in the Great War for cowardice. He was only 19 years-of-age. The authors appearing in this volume include: Alexandar Altman, R M F Brown, Dominic Brown, Gavin Bryce, A D Cooper, O K David, Peter Ewing, James Friend, James Graham, Elizabeth Howliston, Michael Jones, Samantha Leighton, Robbie MacNiven, David McVey, Alex Pearl, Rachel Pownall, Helewn Raven, Katie Redford, Andy Robinson, Fatima Safi, Ramona Scarborough, Adrienne Silcock and Emma Stanley,
A taut and well-paced psychological thriller loosely based on the terrorist outrage in London in 2005.
BOOK BLURB Michael Hollinghurst is a successful corporate lawyer living a comfortable, suburban life in leafy North West London. But on 7 July 2005, his life is transformed when he steps on a London underground train targeted by Islamist suicide bombers. While most passengers in his carriage are killed, Michael survives the explosion but is confined to a wheelchair as a result. Coming to terms with his predicament and controlling his own feelings of guilt as a survivor conspire to push him in a direction that is out of character and a tad reckless. In a quest to seek retribution, he resorts to embracing the internet and posing as a radical Islamist in order to snare potential perpetrators. Much to his surprise, his shambolic scheme yields results and is brought to the attention of both GCHQ and a terrorist cell. But before long, dark forces begin to gather and close in on him. There is seemingly no way out for Michael Hollinghurst. He has become, quite literally, a sitting target.
EDITORIAL REVIEW "'The Chair Man' would make an excellent book club choice, stimulating discussion and lively argument. It contains masses of detailed information, selection from which can justify a wide range of interpretations. Many readers will admire Hollinghurst. He is a good father, particularly to his daughter Natasha, who considers him "the best frigging dad in the world", and he possesses "in spades" the "primal need to feel and protect your own flesh and blood." His son Ben thinks he "could always see the good in others." But that is exactly how many terrorists are remembered by almost all who knew and loved them. "The nearest I ever got to a "terrorist incident" was in East London, when I heard the IRA bomb go off in Docklands in 1996. I cannot predict my reaction were I to be caught up personally in such events, but I hope I would not go the same way as Michael Hollinghurst, the central figure in this entertaining and elaborately-plotted novel. It is a gripping thriller that repays careful and close reading (and I will certainly read it again)." Graham Smith, 2020