Set in Victorian times, 'The Bareilly Ace' opens shortly before a tragic massacre in 'The Indian Mutiny' of 1857 and follows the life of a small girl, Sue, who becomes the only survivor. Due to widespread unrest in rthern India, with her adoptive parents George and Frances, they return to England, but eventually settle in Blaenavon, an iron-ore smelting town in South Wales, where George takes up a post as magistrate. The story revolves round Sue and her uncommon abilities, drive and determination to succeed and do well, against a backdrop of well-to-do Victorian society that expects women just to be accomplished at needlework and marry to raise children. Encouraged by the jovial and flippant local church minister 'Good Evans', as a late teenager Sue establishes a cottage hospital in Blaenavon to lovingly provide basic health-care for the blast furnace workers and their families who suffer terribly. Throughout the story, serious social issues are interwoven with amusing situations and narrative revealing the daily trials and tribulations of industrial life in the Valleys. On a sabbatical, Sue unexpectedly falls in love with Benjamin, a young Cavalry officer with whom she shares an overwhelming love of India. On returning to India, Sue soon becomes settled, and the drama unfolds with her helping to develop a women's medical ministry in Bareilly together with Dr. Clara Swain the first (real life) woman doctor missionary to India. Together they develop much needed medical services to alleviate poverty, and the injustice that women were t allowed to visit a male doctor. Sue meets a colleague who is famous for campaigning for the rights of women and who has qualms about telling senior clergy what they should preach on social issues. A fateful trip to the temples of Khajuraho to view the revealing statues and carvings, a romantic courtship, a wedding and a tortuous set of circumstances lead to an inheritance. However, lawyers arrive to contest it, uncovering a surprising twist about her husband's past. Sue sets about concocting and compiling evidence in defence of her hour and her marriage.
After an eleven year career in banking Peter changed the focus of his life to jobs which specifically help other people. Utilising practical skills in management, organising and coordination he returned to college, to prepare for a new life working alongside the most disadvantaged people. Seven years later he returned to study the management of international development programmes. Work assignments took him and his (then) young family to live initially in Kabul, Afghanistan. Later assignments were in the U.K, Kenya, India, Thailand and Malaysia. Most of these jobs entailed frequent travelling throughout East Africa, Indian sub-continent, South East Asia, China & Mongolia. Subsequent work with an international NGO for development of medical, rehabilitation and education services for blind and visually impaired people led to frequent work assignments in many countries; India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Guyana, Jamaica, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Uganda and Kenya. With all that travelling, enough for a lifetime, Peter now writes from home in New Zealand, with the previous world experiences influencing his outlook and writing.