Hylda has written three novels: Inspecting the Island (Seven-ply Yarns 2000), Waterloo Roses and Peckham in Person (both Be There Books, 2014).

Layout 1Peckham in Person  in Paperback, available through bookshops from April 3rd 2014

Peckham-in-PersonPeckham in Person – Available on >>Amazon Kindle<<

High-rise flats, poverty and violence cheek by jowl with desirable Victorian semis, creative striving and loneliness – a quirky, sexy but accurate account of Peckham in the 1990’s told with mordant wit in three interconnected first person voices:

Brian Walters (Oscar Peckham) middle-aged, overweight, virgin, slob, intellectual, office worker, orphan, poet – living in squalor in a run-down Peckham estate: ‘Eating is like aspirin to me

Jet Robinson, 15, from the same estate, illiterate, leader of the Jays, a teenage gang who take and drive away cars, nick things and terrorise Brian. ‘We ain’t racist. A boot’s a boot, don’t matter what colour the foot is in it, innit.’

Lorna Simons, 50+, songwriter, poet, friend of Brian’s from university, Jet’s teacher; lives alone in a large house in adjacent East Dulwich, grieves over her lost relationship to British Leyland track worker Tony Lode.  ‘It takes a lot of practice looking after yourself by yourself. Used to be able to do it but I’ve become rusty. I’m working at it, exercising the dormant muscles, digging my way out.’

Plus a fascinating cast of extras . . .

(see also Reaching Peckham – a story in 40 poems in >>poetry<<)…   …   …   …   …   …  …   …   …   …   …   …  …   …   …   …   …   …  …   …   …   …   …   …

Waterloo Roses front coverWaterloo Roses –  paperback/kindle from and through bookshops

A novel of love and suspense set in Waterloo, London during the 1990’s. Jake is in love with Bedelia, twenty years older than himself and recently separated from her TV celebrity host husband who is now living with a soap star currently expecting his baby. An unkempt and mysterious rough sleeper who hangs round Waterloo gives Bedelia white roses. Whose is that dead body lying on Bedalia’s floor and why is it there?


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Inspecting the Island coverInspecting the Island is a powerful narrative of self-discovery, love and drama as well as an exploration of the lives of free children based on the author’s experience as a pupil of AS Neil’s Summerhill School.

“. . . impressive lyrical talent . . . a very accomplished piece of work permeanted with great humanitarianism . . . a great joy to find a novel like this” – Ben Ball, Granta

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