• 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  GENTLE GENIUS OF MAY GIBBS
    THE GENTLE GENIUS OF MAY GIBBS
    A DAY OUT FOR DES (THAT’S ME) Well just before Christmas my guardian Pauline Conolly took me to Sydney as a special treat. Now  she loves  going to the State Library, but I don’t  (boooooring!!) I was  pretty p…..d off when we ended up there (sorry, I […]...
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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

  • LIVING IN THE MOMENT; WHEN MEMORY FAILS
    LIVING IN THE MOMENT; WHEN MEMORY FAILS
     MOMENTS IN TIME, BUT NO LONGER  IN  MEMORY Pop psychologists are always urging us to ‘Live in the moment’.    I do try to do this, especially when it comes to enjoying my garden and the wonderful  bird life around me.  However, as a writer  on social history and […]...
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  • DEAR DAMNED DIARY
    DEAR DAMNED DIARY
      It is such a privilege to have access to someone’s diaries. I  find myself handling  them with something akin to reverence. Recently I  have been in Sydney’s Mitchell Library  reading those  of  English writer Sylvia Townsend Warner.  Sylvia began them in 1927,  the year after she […]...
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  • TINY GIFTS, RECEIVED WITH GRACE.
    TINY GIFTS, RECEIVED WITH GRACE.
      Sometimes  a small, seemingly insignificant  gift  produces  unalloyed  pleasure.   Last Christmas I bought my partner Rob a $5 ‘stocking filler’ from the village chemist.  It was a sponge, impregnated with mysterious ingredients.  I had assumed it was a toiletry item for travellers .  Rob hates […]...
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  • ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE; LOVE AND LOSS AT CHRISTMAS
    ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE; LOVE AND LOSS AT CHRISTMAS
    SOMETIMES I COME ACROSS A STORY THAT  TRULY MOVES ME.  JESSICA TRUETT GREW UP IN KENTUCKY. HER  MEMORIES OF HER DEARLY LOVED GRANDMOTHER DOLLIE  CAME  STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART. THEY  WERE  ALSO BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN.  IT IS A PRIVILEGE TO SHARE HER ARTICLE  ON MY WEBSITE.   DOLLIE  DIED  […]...
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