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I write novels, short stories, poems and song lyrics for children, teens and adults. On my website you can find out about my work, so come on in!

 

If you have any queries or comments, CONTACT me and I will always reply.

HAVE FUN!!!

 

 


Feedback from Redmaids High : "Miriam is a legend!"

"She is very relatable - and cool!"   "When is she coming back?"


Always Here For You : Zuntold Books

 

 

 

Always Here For You

14-year-old Holly is lonely. Her parents are never around after Gran's Crisis and best friend Amy to Canada, loved-up with her new boyfriend, Gabe. Holly has no-one to hang out with at school apart from moody Ellen and misfit Tim.

Home alone in Brighton with no-one to talk to, Holly is at rock bottom. That is, until she finds Jay. Caring, funny and with so much in common, Jay is the perfect guy. They chat online, but Holly knows to be careful, she's heard the horror stories. As they grow closer and closer, chatting with Jay is all that makes Holly happy. Mum and Dad's rows get more intense and Amy's radio silence continues; the only one who understands is Jay. As Holly lets her guard down, is Jay all he seems? Is Holly in too deep? And is it too late?

 

 

 

REVIEWS

A tense story about a very real danger... pacey and successfully builds tension... frighteningly realistic potrayal of the dangers of on-line grooming. Needs reading!"

North Somerset Teachers Book Award

Poignant, powerful and educational

Emma Suffield, SLA UK School librarian of the Year.

A powerful, gripping story of online grooming...should be read in every class of every secondary school...add to your reading pile.

Annie Everall OBE; Consultant for Libraries, Director of Authors Aloud

A chilling read full of suspense.

Keren David

With stunning characterisations, this book paints a very realistic picture of how easy it is to be taken in on the Internet.

Fallen Star Stories

Absolutely amazing.

Phoebe, 11 yrs.

A very important book.

From Bee With Love

A heart-stopping potrayal. Essential reading for teens and parents of teens - this book may well save lives.

Angela Kiverstein, Children's Books Reviewer, JC.

Miriam has inhabited the world of today's teens to bring her readers a gripping, convincing and menacing story... made my skin crawl... cautionary and incredibly well-crafted tale, I adored this book... off to check out Miriam's backlist.

Jo Robertson, My Chestnut Reading Tree

Sends a clear message how to understand the use of social media in a cautious and sensible manner...would be a good resource for any school library...if you have a teen in your family, get this book for them.

Galina : Chez Maximka

A poignant book with a very important message for teens.

Lucas Maxwell, Portable Magic Dispenser

Truly gripping 

 Saffia Farr, Editor, JUNO magazine

A must-read of our time Gave me total chills. I could really picture myself in Holly's shoes. Recommend to all teenagers and all my friends - I think it is important both read it to be honest.

 WRD Magazine

An important reminder about online safety for a generation that often take the validity of their online relationships for granted.

Sarah Churchill

Compelling, insightful and urgently important.

Beth Farrar, Kooth Content Creator

A must read for all parents 

Motherhood : The Real Deal

Gives voice to important issues in an accessible and compelling read.

Parent Talk magazine

A must read book for all ages... both a teen thriller and a warning...Miriam had me completely hooked.

Teen Librarian, Matt Imrie

 

 


BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, Firefly Press

           WINNER!! :  2019 Manchester Metropolitan University

student giveaway : "the clear and popular choice.

Josie and Tasha, both fifteen, are near-neighbours. But when their families let them down, they find themselves unlikely allies in a battle for survival.

Josie is the daughter of an obsessive-compulsive hoarder whose house is no longer safe. Tasha, though materially cared for, feels threatened by her mother's new boyfriend, who her mother chooses over her daughter. They are girls on the margins of adulthood, who find themselves also on the margins of society.

"We stare at each other and in that moment everything between us changes. Tasha with the mum who doesn't protect her and me with the mum in prison, neither of us with a proper home."

Behind Closed Doors explores what teenagers are up against when there is no security at home.

REVIEWS

As someone who actually works in the field of Hoarding Disorder I read this book with interest. So often children who live in these conditions never have a chance to talk about their side of the story , as Miriam shows, they suffer in silence. Sometimes they do not realise that not everyone lives like this. I work with the adults usually but  children ... are part of the story too, and they need to feel they have some say in their own room at least. Miriam showed great sensitivity and understanding around these issues  ... It is hard for adults to know how to ask for help ... imagine how hard it is for the young who have no idea even where to start.

Heather Matuozzo, Director of Hoarding Disorder charity, Clouds End CIC :

This novel moves at a breathless pace showing the two girls coping in impossible circumstances. Each of them have secrets and are struggling to keep up a public face. Miriam Halahmy successfully uses a light touch with this dark material. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Author, Anne Cassidy.

A gritty, moving and seldom told story about life for vulnerable young adults on the brink of homelessness seeking comfort and friendship in each other.
This book has completely changed my way of grasping the word 'home'...you will realise what 'home' is and where your real 'home' is by the end.
An Nabeshima, 17 yrs, from Japan.
Moving and powerful, Behind Closed Doors is a story of love, friendship and what home really means.
North Somerset Teachers' Book Award
A fast-paced gritty novel. Although dealing with some dark and mature material, Miriam Halahmy uses a delicate touch and explores these themes sensitively. Recommended as a perfect read for anyone.
Suffolk Libraries
Teenage voices that feel authentic and true. A timely and uplifting story.
Inis Reading Guide, 2018-19
I absolutely loved this book. A tantalising tale of young people fighting to survive in a harsh world. I HIGHLY recommend this read for both adults and teenagers - it's worth every page.
Maleeha Mir
I was gripped from start to finish. Sensitively written, deeply moving and utterly compelling.
TCA-LRC
Really well written. What I loved about this book is how much art imitates life - Tasha refuses to admit she's homeless. An uncomfortable read but a good one. Well worth it.
Kat Slater, REASREADS

ILLEGAL, Troika Books.

If Jemma had lived, none of this would have happened. I'd have been too busy to get dragged into this filthy, illegal business...

Since Lindy's baby sister died, her family have been caught in a downward spiral. Her brothers are in prison and her parents have given up. Soon Lindy is out of her depth too, caught in the centre of an international drugs ring with no way out. Then Lindy finds help from an unexpected ally: weird, mute Karl from school. Together they plan a daring and desperate escape. But when you're in this deep, can you ever be free?

Find out more and read reviews here.

 

 

 


Stage adaptation of my novel HIDDEN.

The stage play of my novel HIDDEN toured schools and small theatres, September - November 2018. 

Script by Vickie Donoghue

Directed by Stuart Mullins.

Find out more about the play and see the amazing photographs  HERE!

 "It is the facts. The true facts."

Sayeed, Sudanese refugee.