At A Time Like This


  • A wonderful and utterly convincing evocation of friendship over the years.

    Irish Examiner At A Time Like This
  • At a Time Like This is an uncompromising read, which offers a masterful insight into the complexities that exist between friends, and how forgiveness and understanding are paramount to the survival of any friendship. A fascinating read…

    Ulster Tatler At A Time Like This

The theme of friendship is one to which I keep returning in my fiction. It is something that has sustained me throughout my own life – and I don’t think we can overestimate its importance.

I’m also fascinated by the ‘public’ versus the ‘private’ face of each individual. It seemed to me that the complex personalities of four different women, with their secrets and their prejudices, their loves and their fears, would be rich pickings for any writer of fiction: and so it proved.

Of course, the Georgie and the Claire, the Maggie and the Nora I started out with had flexed their muscles long before I had committed their stories to paper.

I struggled with their claims to be different from what I had intended – each character had her own story to tell and each made sure I listened and recorded her experiences sympathetically.