• 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 Water Doctor's Daughters Literary Walk; St Leonards.
    The Water Doctor’s Daughters Literary Walk; St Leonards.
    THE MARSDEN SISTERS MOVE SOUTH This is an extension of The Water Doctor’s Daughters’ original literary walk  around the town of  Great Malvern, Worcestershire. In 1876 Dr James Marsden separated from his second wife Mary to pursue an affair with  Sabina  Welch, a servant girl from Malvern.   Emily, the […]...
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Humour – latest article

  • LETTER TO SANTA
    LETTER TO SANTA
    THE STRESS OF WRITING  TO SANTA CAN BE OVERWHELMING…..AN  ILLUSTRATED ESSAY BY EDITOR DES…. ER, THAT’S ME. Hello. Do you think a fellow aged sixteen and a half is too old to write to Santa? I don’t.  And my guardian  Pauline Conolly often  says I am immature […]...
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Travel – latest article

  • TOURIST OF TASTE
    TOURIST OF TASTE
    THE WORST TOURIST IS  A TINY ONE During the off-season, invading armies of visitors withdraw from the museums and  galleries of Europe to be replaced by assault  squads of  schoolchildren. I find them more alarming than bag snatchers.  They knock people over and make a great deal […]...
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Latest Blog Posts

  • NAME THAT BOOK! CHOOSING A TITLE
    NAME THAT BOOK! CHOOSING A TITLE
    WHAT’S IN A NAME? I recently expressed some disquiet over a book title  chosen by a fellow member of a writers’ group. He  was  actually  seeking advice on whether to include a blurb on the back cover of his memoir. Perhaps rightly, he was not impressed when […]...
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  • NUTTY ENOUGH FOR THE ANTARCTIC .
    NUTTY ENOUGH FOR THE ANTARCTIC .
    It takes a particular  personality  to thrive in the Antarctic. It is harsh,  yet breathtakingly beautiful. It is isolated, yet lacking in privacy for those who live and work there. David Barringhaus fits the bill; a tough, knock about Aussie who is also reflective and  creative. It’s […]...
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  • UNINTENTIONAL MARKETING
    UNINTENTIONAL MARKETING
      We writers are often rather introverted people. How  cruel that after  we write our books in our quiet little nests, we  have to expose ourselves to the big wide world.  Oh dear, giving talks and speaking on radio etc will always terrify me, no matter how […]...
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  • THE MYSTERY OF THE FOUR CAR CRASH
    THE MYSTERY OF THE FOUR CAR CRASH
    My partner and I were driving to Sydney from the Blue Mountains last Sunday when we were caught up in the most horrendous traffic jam. After inching along for half an hour or so we were diverted off the Great Western Highway….into another  dreadful jam.  Apparently there […]...
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