The Viney Agency


David Ambrose

Miranda's other job is as a copywriter. She has also been an actress and a corporate spy. Artistic endeavours include London theatre and dance production managing, dancing at the Royal Festival Hall, co-writing an Edinburgh Fringe show, touring Germany performing in two nightmarish Theatre in Education shows, plus she wrote, and performed in, a satirical short about roadkill. Her first novel, Collecting, was published to critical praise by Crux in 2014. She lives in Somerset.

Praise for Miranda Wilson


‘I loved it .... the emotional acuity of a much more experienced writer and an ear for dialogue that never jars’. 

-Fi Glover, Chair of the 2009 Orange Prize for Fiction.

"I really enjoyed this book. Artist/pensioner Walter's quirky, beautifully drawn character is most endearing. And the agonizing dilemma he faces with his troubled daughter-in-law had me turning the page to find out how this well-written and very human novel ends."

-Hilary Boyd, author of The Sunday Times best-seller, Thursdays in the Park.


Melanie FinnWalter Smithers, 69, is a retired engineer and widower. He collects tiny morsels from London’s pavements, parks and gutters and exhibits them at home. Finds include a grape pip, a ball bearing and the wing of a flying ant.

When his irritating son, troubled daughter-in-law and much loved baby granddaughter come to stay, a sequence of events lead to Walter being thrust into the East End art scene. His son thinks he’s out of control, but his daughter-in-law has found a kindred spirit and Walter discovers more joy and pain than he ever thought possible at his age...

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Collecting, Crux, 2014.