"A fine achievement!"

Joan Bakewell, writer and arts broadcaster

"A real delight!"

Lucy Newlyn, poet and Wordsworth biographer

Praise for Dances with the Daffodils

“Classy romantic stuff ... and genuinely poetic.” 

“I feel as if I've discovered a long-lost Thomas Hardy manuscript.” 

“Beautiful, evocative, captivating.”

“Set to become a classic, hold on to your copy!” 

The book is charming, witty and sensitive.” 

“It has a real touch of Dickens and Balzac. Wonderful!” 

"Moved me in ways I've never been moved by literature before."


I've recently completed my second novel, Ellis Bell, which is inspired by Emily Brontë's masterpiece, Wuthering Heights. The novel is set in the present day, and is intended as a modern recreation of Wuthering Heights, closely following the storyline, themes and character types of the original but relocating the setting from Yorkshire to the Lake District, where I live. I plan to publish Ellis Bell in autumn 2021. 

Matthew Connolly