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THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO SUPPORTED STONES. It's now available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Stones-Polly-Johnson-ebook/dp/B00DY0A2J2

I have been writing since I was a child, also illustrate and draw cartoons. I have had a couple of articles and poems published, but mostly enjoy writing longer fiction. I love the sea and the mountains, but live in suburbia with my husband.

I am just finished the second edit of another book, 'J' and am beginning an illustrated picture book 'The Princess who had a beard.'

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A House for Mr. Biswas, A wizard of Earthsea, The Children of Green Knowe, Saville, The House of Dr. Dee, A Clergyman's Daughter, I capture the castle, Robin Hobb's 'Assassins' series, George R.R. Martin's 'Song of Ice and Fire' series, Running with Scissors....

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P. Johnson

Being threatened by a mad tramp seems just more bad luck to ‘Coo.’ Instead it leads to a meeting that will change her life forever.

Coo’s alcoholic brother Sam has died and her family is falling apart. Unable to speak of her own role in his death, or forgive her parents for failing to protect her, she is searching for a lifeline.

Truanting by the Brighton seafront, Coo believes it’s just another bad day, but then she meets three people: an aggressive tramp called Mad Alec; his mate ‘Banks’ and a boy named Joe.

Banks is not a regular tramp. He speaks of Wittgenstein, forgiveness and the power of stones, but at the same time there are reports of attacks in the area. Coo begins to suspect Mad Alec, but Banks seems determined not to listen.

Through a strange midnight feast, a near drowning and the unravelling of secrets, the girl and the tramp seek a chance of redemption, until they find that their feelings are dangerously astray.

Mad Alec finally confronts Coo and she learns that there are limits to forgiveness, and that some broken things can never be mended.

‘Stones’ is a story aimed at the teenage market but also appeals to adults. It is set in present day Brighton.


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Lindsay Cross wrote 38 minutes ago

Hi My wife said Paypal is dgoodland@mixis.com Thanks Lindsay

Bradley Darewood wrote 17 hours ago

Hi Cariad: Hey, I was wondering if I might be able to join YALF. ....

FrancesK wrote 3 days ago

dear Polly, I'll keep fingers crossed. Let me know by email franceska....

K.C. wrote 3 days ago

Yes. I am ready. Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. Inte....

FrancesK wrote 6 days ago

Hi Polly, do you live in London? I'm having a book launch for DOLLYWA....

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I wrote 3 days ago

Late YALF crit. At the start, it sounds like he’s broken the actual branch with his face. Maybe just say it broke through a screen of green leaves or something? Then ‘he sat back on ‘a’ branch…’ I think windmilling would be one word? Like in windmill? And I did wonder he wasn’t more hurt by... view book

I wrote 30 days ago

YALF Chapter 4 – 8 Found the painting’s efforts in the chip shop a little confusing in the wording, but okay in the end. I also wanted to know about the magic. How did Patrick come by his? Why is he losing it? How does she know she will be the only one left with it? Is it how it is in our wor... view book

I wrote 34 days ago

YALF Chapter Two Chapter Two Love the lines: ‘…it wanted something..,’ ‘It was patient. It could wait.’ I’m wondering about ‘The Observer.’ – do we ever find out who or what it is? If it is just you, the author, then I’m not sure the name is fair as it leads the reader to expect to meet th... view book

I wrote 39 days ago

YALF review, chapter One. Great opening, jumping us right into the story. I did wonder – if she could move things, why she didn’t just move something for her mum right there in front of her, but haven’t got far enough to see whether it’s this simple or not, I suppose. She says ‘I can move things... view book

I wrote 51 days ago

YALF Review (Part One.) The prologue worked for me. I’m a liker of prologues generally. This one flowed, didn’t waste any words and carried me along. Took me a bit to get used to ‘Nichola’ being a man, but that’s a small thing. I was keen to read on to chapter one to see what’s going on. Likew... view book

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