• The Water Doctor’s Daughters

    The intriguing story of wealthy 19th century water-cure physician, Dr James Loftus Marsden and his children, who grew up knowing Charles Darwin and Alfred Tennyson. Two girls died in suspicious circumstances resulting in sensational trials. Available via Amazon and major Bookstores.

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  • All Along the River: Tales from the Thames

    An engaging and humorous armchair read & companion volume to more practical guide books. Both quirky and fun, it is packed with information about literary associations, local recipes, folklore and a good many murders and mysteries! Available via Amazon and major Bookstores.

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History – latest article

  • THE FRIENDS OF ELIZABETH MACQUARIE - PART III
    THE FRIENDS OF ELIZABETH MACQUARIE – PART III
    THIS IS THE FINAL PART OF THE STORY OF MRS MACQUARIE AND HER FRIENDS. PART ONE CAN BE READ HERE AND PART TWO HERE. FINAL DAYS; FAITHFUL FRIENDS Elizabeth and  Lachlan Macquarie returned  to Scotland  from New South Wales  with their young son  in 1822 .  Unfortunately, […]...
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Humour – latest article

  • HORROR STORIES AT MY MOTHER'S KNEE.
    HORROR STORIES AT MY MOTHER’S KNEE.
    Let me say at the outset that my darling mother was the most gentle, kind hearted person you could hope to meet.  However, she did have a penchant for filling our heads with the most terrifying information imaginable. We kids were both fascinated and appalled. Her stories […]...
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Travel – latest article

  • REFLECTIONS ON  A VISIT TO NICE
    REFLECTIONS ON A VISIT TO NICE
    THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE WAS FIRST PUBLISHED IN THE TRAVEL SECTION OF THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN My partner and I are driving through Nice when  a group of local youths begin jeering at a cavalcade of stereo blasting Ferraris. With complete disregard for following  traffic, all three drivers  screech […]...
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Latest Blog Posts

  • BARBED  WIRE AND BINDER TWINE
    BARBED WIRE AND BINDER TWINE
    WIRE IN THE BLOOD Growing up on a small farm in Tasmania, I often felt that the whole place was held together with barbed wire and binder twine. Most of our fences were made of  wire and wooden ‘droppers’. My sister and I quite enjoyed collecting snagged  […]...
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  • EDITOR DES - HIS VERY OWN GARDEN
    EDITOR DES – HIS VERY OWN GARDEN
    THE BIRTH OF A GARDEN Well  people who know me may remember I  once had ideas of becoming a barista, to supplement my meagre editor’s wages. This didn’t work out so well, because I couldn’t get the crema quite right. Anyway, after my guardian Pauline  Conolly  accidentally […]...
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  • TEDDY BEAR'S PICNIC
    TEDDY BEAR’S PICNIC
    ‘If you go down to the woods today……sing sing …….Today’s the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic.’ Well I love picnics….I think it’s in the genes of bears really, don’t you?  Most picnics require a bit of shopping before hand; bread, wine  and stuff like that. […]...
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  • THE BEST PART OF WRITING  A  BOOK?
    THE BEST PART OF WRITING A BOOK?
    Some people might say that the best part of writing a book is typing the words THE END.    Or that the most satisfying part is setting  out on the journey and writing that first sentence.  But for me, there is one stand out moment of pure joy […]...
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