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 BOOKS I READ IN 2016-PART 1

THE BOOKS I READ IN 2016-PART 1

I set myself a target of reading a book a week in 2016 and managed to surpass this with 58. I’ve set myself the tougher goal of 60 books – or 5 a month for 2017 as, without a house move to undertake this year, I should be able to fit in more reading time....
A VISIT TO STANDEN

A VISIT TO STANDEN

I spent a very interesting morning exploring Standen and its grounds this week. The house, just outside East Grinstead, was built for the Beale family between 1891 and 1894 by the renowned Arts and Crafts architect Philip Webb. James Beale was a prosperous London...
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...
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...
LOCATION, LOCATION,  LOCATION!

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!

Location is always a vital part of my novels. I think of the setting as another character in the books. My work in progress, tentatively titled The Green Ribbons is set in a small village in Berkshire at the turn of the twentieth century. Sometimes I stick with real...

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