Posts Tagged All Along the River:Tales From the Thames.

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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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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THE TRUTH ABOUT ISABELLA BEETON

THE TRUTH ABOUT ISABELLA BEETON

 Misconception! ‘A stout Victorian matron in black bombazine, her huge upper arms developed by years of beating outrageous quantities of eggs into churn-loads of butter’.  This description fits a widely held view of Mrs Beeton, author of the culinary bible Household Management, but it could not be […]

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SLEEPING WITH A STRANGER!

SLEEPING WITH A STRANGER!

For many years my partner Rob and I travelled around the UK  staying  in Bed & Breakfasts.   Some were absolutely  charming, with equally charming hosts. Others were….well pretty awful  (read ‘Unravelling With My Aunt’  on this website and you will get the picture). But as  we both […]

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A VERY SPECIAL REVIEW OF MY THAMES BOOK

A VERY SPECIAL REVIEW OF MY THAMES BOOK

Dr James Colthurst is perhaps best known for having been  a  close friend of  the late Princess Diana.  He  was trusted implicitly by Diana , and acted as a go-between during one of  the most difficult periods of her life.  It was Colthurst who   conveyed the secret tapes  she […]

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CRICKET….LORDS AND THE LADIES!

  A BIG DAY OUT  …..by EDITOR DES Well when we were in England last time,  Dr Bob decided  we would go to the cricket in LONDON. It was supposed to be a bonding session, as me and Pauline have had a few ‘issues’ lately (her fault, […]

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BATTLE OF TWO BOOKS!

It’s an extraordinary thing having two very different books published in one year, and  it would be  quite impossible for me to choose my favourite. My first, The Water Doctor’s Daughters, has a special place in my heart due to its content.  I became so emotionally involved […]

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The Mysterious Case of the Queen’s Oak at Hurley Lock!

  HOW IT BEGAN After the launch of All Along the River I received  a  message from  a friend and ex-neighbour at Harleyford.  Jo wanted an extra copy of the book as a gift for a friend, so Rob and I promised to drop one in.  We […]

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LAUNCH OF MY THAMES BOOK!!

ALL ALONG THE RIVER: TALES FROM THE THAMES  was released on July 31 by London publisher  Robert Hale.   Rob and I celebrated with lunch at the Show Boat, moored by the river at  the Harleyford  estate just outside Marlow.  It was owning a lodge in this glorious […]

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A Sheepish Tale From the Thames

  One of the difficulties in writing All Along the River; Tales From the Thames was making  really hard decisions about what should go in! So much history…..so much intrigue and scandal. Naturally  I was tempted to include far too  much about my beloved Harleyford Estate, where […]

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