Little Pieces of Sophie (78,000 words)

‘Little Pieces of Sophie’ is a romantic political thriller about an Englishman, a Māori woman and the dark world of politics and the unethical promotion of cosmetics and infant formula. It is set in England, New Zealand and Bangladesh.

Two twelve-year-olds, Jack and Sophie are especially close because Jack was incredibly lucky with Sophie’s bone marrow transplant when he contracted leukaemia. He is scared of entering puberty because he knows his feelings for Sophie will change and will try anything to avoid it happening. Their relationship ends abruptly when Sophie and her mother return to New Zealand.

Jack realises in his mid-twenties that he has to find Sophie. Because of the unlikely success of his transplant, he fears his luck will run out and is desperate to improve his odds in getting together with her. After arriving in New Zealand, Jack develops a plan so that he is ‘discovered’ by Sophie. It works and a passionate relationship develops between them as they uncover the dark world of their boss and the unethical promotion of cosmetics and infant formula.

However, Sophie discovers Jack’s scheme that got them together and is devastated. Their relationship is jeopardised even further when Jack insists on an unorthodox plan to stop their boss. Jack will have to change his ways and be prepared to take risks with the one he loves. And Sophie will have to decide if the end justifies the means in stopping their boss.

‘Little Pieces of Sophie’ would appeal to readers who enjoyed the romance of ‘Normal People’ by Sally Rooney and would also like a thriller that addresses corporate and political crime such as ‘The Constant Gardener’ by John le Carré.

First page of 'Little Pieces of Sophie'