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...
AUTHOR INTERVIEW – JEAN GILL

AUTHOR INTERVIEW – JEAN GILL

I’m delighted to welcome Jean Gill to the blog today. I met Jean in person at the Historical Novel Society Conference in Oxford last year – as is often the case we had crossed paths online and I recognised her face. Jean is a multi-talented individual, combining...
THE BUTTON MAKER’S DAUGHTER

THE BUTTON MAKER’S DAUGHTER

I’m delighted to have Merryn Allingham as my guest on the blog this week. Merryn is the very popular author of the Daisy’s War trilogy of books set in India and London in the 1930s and 40s. Her latest books explore two pivotal moments in the history of...
PAINTING IN FRANCE

PAINTING IN FRANCE

I’ve just had a fabulous week painting in France – blessed with beautiful weather until the very last day when a much-needed downpour arrived – the commune next door had actually run out of water. I was staying in the Creuse valley near Crozant – a stunningly...
RELICS OF WORLD WAR 2

RELICS OF WORLD WAR 2

I wrote recently about the invasion that never happened and how it left its marks on Cuckmere Haven. Today I’m going to share with you a couple of small clues about WW2 from the roads around my home here in Meads, Eastbourne. ​During the War there were several...

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...

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