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

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...

A TRIBUTE TO ANNETTE

A few days ago I wrote a blog piece about stealing with glee – and how I’d stolen a little descriptive phrase for the colour and character of the sea in and around Eastbourne from my friend Annette Gampel, nee Warburton – with her permission –...

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