My Books

I have written three novels – Charles MiddleworthNecropolis & Symbiosis.



Identical twins Talulah and Taliah have never been apart. Viewed as curiosities by children and adults alike, they coexist in an insular world with their own secret language. But being identical doesn’t necessarily mean being equal…

Soon a series of momentous events will send Talulah and Taliah spiralling out of control, setting them on a collision course with a society that views them as two parts of a whole. Will their symbiotic relationship survive?

Perceptive and poignant, Symbiosis explores our enduring fascination with twins and the complexities of twinship.

A valuable addition to the monozygotic canon…

Symbiosis demonstrates Portman’s ability to populate his worlds with peculiar yet plausible characters.

Moving and laconic, with impressive attention to psychological detail…


‘A black comedy of true distinction’

Dyson Devereux works in the Burials and Cemeteries department in his local council.  Dyson is intelligent, incisive and informed.  He is also a sociopath.  Dyson’s contempt for the bureaucracy and banality of his workplace provides ample refuge for his mordant wit.  But the prevalence of Essex Cherubs adorning the headstones of Newton New Cemetery is starting to get on his nerves.

When an opportunity presents itself will Dyson seize his chance and find freedom, or is his destiny to be a life of toil in Burials and Cemeteries?

Brutal, bleak and darkly comical, Necropolis is a savage indictment of the politically correct, health and safety obsessed world in which we live.

‘The book is full of razor-sharp satire. No politically correct madness escapes unscathed, and no sacred cow remains un-butchered and served up in freezer packs.’Crime Fiction Lover

‘Order yourself a grand café latte extra hot with soy milk from Starbucks, cast away anyone who attempts to play Celine Dion in your immediate vicinity, and strap yourself in for one hell of a quirky, character-rich read.  Effortlessly enjoyable.’DLS Reviews – Paperback: £6.99  Kindle: £2.22  Paperback: $10.52  Kindle: $3.73


‘An insightful and humorous tale of the unexpected’

‘A sardonic delight.  If Thackeray had lived in the 21st century, then he might have written Charles Middleworth.’

What happens when Adrian, an actuary, has his banal and predictable existence turned upside down by sinister forces that he can neither understand nor control?  How will he react to a revelation that leaves his life in turmoil?  Will he surrender or strive for redemption in an altered world, where rationality, scientific logic and algorithms no longer provide the answers?

‘A wonderfully funny, dark and sardonic snapshot into the world of the much maligned actuary.’ 

‘The limited world of a dull and awkward techno geek is galvanised by certain psychological revelations. Insightful, imaginative and full of subtle wit.’

‘Charles Middleworth is a literary masterpiece with a carefully woven plot.’

Charles Middleworth is available from all regional Amazons as a Kindle ebook and in paperback.

United Kingdom Paperback: £6.99  Kindle: £1.97

USA –Paperback: $9.74 Kindle: $3.27


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