Gifted is re-released

Gifted - David Bridger - cover


When school-leaver Jessica’s reclusive great-grandfather bequeaths her a haunted castle in the Welsh borderlands, she’s thrust into a world of hostile strangers, troublesome Romany tenants, and a strange gift that shows her disjointed visions of the past. And that’s only the start of it. She thinks she’s going mad, until old family stories and the superstitious fears of locals convince her that something sinister really is going on at Kidd Castle, and all the while the gift keeps drawing her deeper into the secrets of her ancestors.

The only person who seems to understand what’s happening is the young Romany street artist, Joe. In the face of deadly danger to them and their loved ones, Jessica and Joe must master the gift before the past imposes its terrible will on the present.

This novel was prviously published by Hartwood Publishing.

Revised 2nd Edition available now from:


Amazon UK


Barnes & Noble




Angus & Robertson


A smoother road ahead?

Photo by Matt LamersGP appointment today. It was my third attempt since January to show him I need new shoulders. Previous two tries failed because I was too sick to go. Stayed in bed for the past 48 hours in best effort to make this appt, and this morning it was like climbing a mountain with all my limbs broken, but I made it.

Steroid injection in right shoulder. Return visit booked for jab in left shoulder in two weeks if this one has worked. If it hasn’t, we’ll take the next step. I like his incremental approach.

Reducing pain is a big thing in my life, because in this past year or two it’s been so huge it’s stopped me from writing. Even from thinking about writing. I’m daring to hope, here.

Why I want Jeremy Corbyn to be our Prime Minister

In my constituency, the Green candidate (who in any other election would have my vote) has announced he is endorsing the Labour candidate. The reasons he gives echo my reasons for voting Labour this time.

I really like Jeremy Corbyn’s natural style, his lack of professional polish and of obvious “preparedness” at the hands of a team of public relations robots. This attracted me to him in the first place, in the same way that Labour’s manifesto did, and still does.

You know all these new Labour voters who aren’t party members? The ones old guard party members despise so much because they fear we’re stealing “their” party from them? Maybe, like me, lots of these voters are similarly attracted to Corbyn’s quiet sincerity and maturity, and to Labour under his leadership. Maybe gladiatorial TV interviews etc don’t interest them much or sway them at all. In fact, maybe more people who haven’t been engaged by polished politics in the past will be attracted too as the campaign continues.

I’m heartened by recent remarks by former ABCers (Anyone-But-Corbyn-ers, that is) who are warming to the possiblity that Corbyn might be a good prospect after all, now they’re seeing/reading/hearing more of him during the election campaign. If their remarks reflect a similar warming across the board among Labour Party members, the old guard right wing angry brigade in the NEC and PLP will have no choice but to go with the wave, however they foam and gnash in private.

Jeremy Corbyn’s values and his style of leadership inspire me.

I think, I hope, that if Labour wins this election, then we as a country can make a fresh start.

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