The People We Were Before

Finally!  My debut novel, published by Quercus on April 21st.  


Yugoslavia, summer 1979. A new village. A new life. But eight-year-old Miro knows the real reason why his family moved from the inland city of Knin to the sunkissed village of Ljeta on the Dalmatian Coast, a tragedy he tries desperately to forget.


The Ljeta years are happy ones, though, and when he marries his childhood sweetheart, and they have a baby daughter, it seems as though life is perfect. However, storm clouds are gathering above Yugoslavia.


War breaks out, and one split-second decision destroys the life Miro has managed to build. Driven by anger and grief, he flees to Dubrovnik, plunging himself into the hard-bitten world of international war reporters.


There begins a journey that will take him ever deeper into danger: from Dubrovnik, to Sarajevo, to the worst atrocities of war-torn Bosnia, Miro realises that even if he survives, there can be no way back to his earlier life. The war will change him, and everyone he loves, forever.

The Book of Unwritten Rules

“They tie our lives together. The only way to learn them is by getting them wrong. But just because they’re not written down doesn’t mean you won’t be judged by them.

Welcome to the anthology of stories where hidden forces are at play.

Welcome to The Book of Unwritten Rules… would you have known them?”


The authors of The Book of Unwritten Rules met in the autumn of 2011 on the three-month Curtis Brown Creative novel writing course.


Four of the group have now had their novels published. Barbarians by Tim Glencross (John Murray) The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer (Faber and Faber), The A to Z of You and Me by James Hannah (Doubleday) and The People We Were Before by Annabelle Thorpe (Quercus).


Delighted to be on the shorlist for the Waverton Good Read Award !

Excited to announce I'll be leading two new tours in Croatia in 2017.

CROATIA: FACT & FICTION will visit Dubrovnik, Hvar, Cavtat and Sarajevo, exploring the regions' tumultuous recent history.

More info here...


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