According to the blurb, Siduri is set in a land where ‘the line between the living and the dead is blurred’. 

Which is nice.

But where is this land? Most readers won’t care, but there are a few souls out there who’ll recognize what I’ve done … and be a tad miffed.

I’m talking about the Cornish.

Eh … Sorry about that.

You see, while I’m a born and bred Scot, my ancestors came from Cornwall. I’ve spent a lot of time in that land of gorse and heather and scarily narrow roads. I feel at home there as much as I did in Scotland or, for that matter, the New Forest where I live now.

I set Siduri in an imaginary (and very much geographically mangled) Cornwall, or Kernow as those who fly the black and white flag would call it. Marhasyow and Izdubar’s Castle are based on Marazion (its Cornish name was ‘Marghas Yow’) and St Michaels Mount. Marazion even has a river ‘Koner’ (Red River), just not the more famous one.

Aberfal is modern-day Falmouth, but I’m pretty certain you can’t catch a train to Marazion from there.

Beyond Aberfal?

Beyond Aberfal, there be dragons. Lots of them. And all dressed in black.

Beyond Aberfal is no longer Kernow … so I feel less need to apologize.

Unless, of course, you’re from Guitt.


Aside from the cover art, the novel Siduri has no images within the book itself. The images featured on this website and elsewhere have been created primarily for enjoyment

Below is some artwork inspired by scenes from the novel.