Front cover of 'Hero at Dunkirk', a story by author Vince Cross


By Vince Cross

Edie Benson is my personal favourite character from these books, probably because she reminds me of some of my own family. I was born not very far from Lewisham in south London where this story is set. Read about how Edie and her family deal with the trauma of the nightly bombing and find an inner strength they never knew they had.



Putting the right word in the right place…

Finding the best medium for what needs to be said…

It’s hard to achieve.

It’s an endless source of fascination and frustration…

I’m Vince Cross, and I’ve been learning my craft as an author and musician for more than three decades.

I write books for children, and compose music for them too.

I blog about walking and spirituality.

I produce music and speech for English Language Teaching courses worldwide.

I’ve also been a teacher, a session pop musician, the manager of a recording studio, the director of music for a church, a writer and composer of radio and TV commercials, jingle packages, incidental music for TV…even stage musicals.

I like what I do and the people I do it with.

Be a part of my world by reading my books, or commissioning a new one.

Thanks for dropping by.


Here are some books of mine you might like to read.

All of these books should be available through Amazon and similar suppliers, and they may be in your local library too. ‘The A Club’ is out of print, but if you would like a copy, please contact me, and we’ll work out a way of getting one to you.

Alone in the Trenches

The horrific events of World War 1 are still in many people’s minds. I was never sure I could write about the subject, but then we came across an intriguing story about a little Belgian girl and a British ‘Tommy’. I think my book will bring a tear to your eye whether you’re eight or eighty. I hope you’ll find this a helpful introduction for younger readers to an important and difficult period of history

Alone in the trenches by Author Vince Cross

Berlin Olympics

I wanted to write a book for Britain’s Olympic year. It’s set in and around pre-World War II London, before my heroine Eleanor goes off to swim for Britain in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. If you’re interested in the history of sport and the rise of Nazi Germany you should like this.

Berlin Olympics by Author Vince Cross


Edie Benson is my personal favourite character from these books, probably because she reminds me of some of my own family. I was born not very far from Lewisham in south London where this story is set. Read about how Edie and her family deal with the trauma of the nightly bombing and find an inner strength they never knew they had.

Blitz by Author Vince Cross

Hero at Dunkirk

Your life and mine might not have turned out so well without the heroism of people like 15 year old Joe Read. This is the amazing and true story of how Joe and his dad helped rescue hundreds of soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk in 1940. If you watched the flotilla on the Thames for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee you may have seen their boat the New Britannic’ now newly restored.

Hero at Dunkirk by Author Vince Cross

Egyptian Princess

Like many people, I’ve always been fascinated by the ancient Egyptians and how they lived. My character ‘Asha’ is the real life Queen Hatshepsut, the first female Pharoah. I’ve re-invented her as an early ‘free-runner’, and imagined how she might have come to power as a young teenager somewhere around 1500 B.C. Someone suggested that the language in this book sounded too modern. That’s the point, I think. These people were both astonishingly like us, and completely different.

Egyptian Princess by Author Vince Cross

The A Club: The Blogs of Abi Goodenough

Abi Goodenough is a clever girl, there’s no doubt about that. But her friends, teachers, parents and just about everyone else she knows all want a big piece of her. Why can’t they see she needs some time and space for herself? As Abi’s problems pile up she uses her blog to tell the story of three hectic months in her teenage life.

The A Club: The Blogs of Abi Goodenough by Author Vince Cross


Andy is confined to his wheelchair after a car accident. But he’s an excellent guitarist and despite Andy’s doubts his mates know that their band BIGHEAD can’t function without him. Will they win the Battle of the Bands and go on to fame and fortune? This is a short book for those who find reading more difficult.

Bighead by Author Vince Cross

War Stories: Home and Away

A great offer from Scholastic Books. My Blitz story about Edie Benson bundled with Sue Reid’s War Nurse and Jill Atkins’ Sophie’s Secret War. Three books in one!

War Stories from Scholastic books



Learning a new language can be fun! For more than thirty years leading ELT publishers like OUP, York Press, Pearson and CUP have asked me to write and record music for their world-spanning teaching courses. I haven’t counted exactly, but I think I’ve set more than seven thousand sets of primary-level lyrics to music, plus making ‘cover versions’ of nearly eight hundred chart hits adding excitement to courses for teenagers.

Equally popular in the UK have been our recordings of traditional nursery rhymes. They’re hard to find now, but in their day some of these collections found their way into millions of homes and cars. We’re hoping to re-package these rhymes for today’s children through our new enterprise Music Box Songs. I’ll keep you updated on progress…

I still spend a lot of time writing and recording music. My output has included backing well known singers, composing for TV and film, recording jingle packages, commercials and library albums, writing stage musicals for Butlins Holiday Camps, playing the church organ and conducting choirs. Between times I ran a commercial recording studio for nearly ten years.

I’m a spoken-word producer too, with a wide range of contacts, including artists, agents and facilities. If you have a project and need some help, I’d love to hear from you.

Songs for children

Here are a few songs from the current Music Box Songs catalogue. Enjoy!

Words by John Foster and Vince Cross


(widely available on all platforms):


Here are a couple of the tracks:

Quiet American

by Vince Cross & Brendan Read Jones | Head and Heart

The woman at the window

by Vince Cross & Brendan Read Jones | Head and Heart

Oldies but goodies

And here are a few tracks from my 1999 CD: ‘Covering My Tracks

It felt so good

by Vince Cross | Covering My Tracks

North West Six

by Vince Cross | Covering My Tracks

Ten on Sunday

During the Covid-19 outbreak, all churches are closed. Some are live-streaming services to bring comfort and keep people in the loop. For each week going forward, we’re going to put up on this website a ten minute compilation of readings and music which might have been heard at ‘Ten On Sunday’ morning. A big thank you to the wonderful Robin Boult for making this technically possible. God bless you all in these extraordinary and difficult times, and as we all keep saying to each other: ‘Stay Healthy’!
Love and peace x



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Lesley or Katy at PAPER LION