Bombs, Ravilious, Eastbourne and The Chalky Sea

Bombs, Ravilious, Eastbourne and The Chalky Sea

(Image credit: Eric Ravilious, The Westbury Horse, 1939. Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne ) I’ve just returned from viewing the exhibition Ravilious and Co: The Pattern of Friendship at the Towner Gallery here in Eastbourne. I’d love to post some images but...
Remembering the war after seventy years

Remembering the war after seventy years

Back in 2010, the anniversary of the Blitz, I recorded my elderly mother on video talking about her memories of wartime. Mum had dementia but was still relatively lucid then – she died in early 2016, by which time she was lost deep in a fog. Publishing my new book The...
Publication Day!

Publication Day!

I’m very happy that today is publication day for The Chalky Sea – and by a happy coincidence also Canada Day – and the 150th anniversary at that. As the book is partly set in Ontario and has several Canadian characters that is good news indeed!

SMUGGLERS OF SUSSEX

SMUGGLERS OF SUSSEX

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the Cuckmere Valley during WW2 and its strategic role in the defence of the realm. Today I’m going to look at another of its claims to fame – as the beating heart of an enormous smuggling operation. Smuggling was big business in...
INDIE BRAG CHRISTMAS BLOG HOP 10TH DECEMBER

INDIE BRAG CHRISTMAS BLOG HOP 10TH DECEMBER

I am delighted to be a guest on the Indie BRAG Christmas Blog Hop this year – and am proud to be the holder of two BRAG Medallions for A Greater World and Kurinji Flowers. What is a Christmas tradition you and your family have?  This will (all being well) be the...

LOOKING ROUND THE GRAND HOTEL, EASTBOURNE

My characters in Kurinji Flowers stay for a brief honeymoon at the Grand Hotel in Eastbourne – in the winter of 1936. As I happened to be in Eastbourne this weekend to meeet up with old schoolfriends I asked the hotel if I could have a look around and was...

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