Sydney Launch of The Water Doctor’s Daughters

  THE GENESIS OF THE LAUNCH I hadn’t  considered  a separate launch for The Water  Doctor’s Daughters in Australia, but a few  months ago a generous  offer came from  Sydney’s  Ashfield  Library to do a book signing.  It was to be part of their very popular  ‘Authors

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DRINK ME and DIE! – ABC LINIMENT

 THE  SOOTHING  LINIMENT THAT COULD LEAD TO DEATH There is a chapter in  my true crime book The Water Doctor’s Daughters titled;  AS EASY AS ABC.      The letters are a reference to a popular 19th century rubbing liniment made from three powerful, but potentially fatal compounds;   

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SCONES – A SOCIAL HISTORY

SCONES - A SOCIAL HISTORY

WHAT IS A SCONE? According to the Bloomsbury Dictionary of Word Origins, scone derives from the Dutch  schoonbrood –  schoon  meaning  bright, white or beautiful and brood meaning bread, hence; ‘fine white bread’.  The name made its way into Scottish English and did not become widespread in

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A HIVE OF ACTIVITY; Promoting The Water Doctor’s Daughters

A HIVE OF ACTIVITY; Promoting The Water Doctor's Daughters

In The Beginning..The Water Doctor’s Daughter’s When I was writing my true crime book, The Water Doctor’s Daughters, I had a moment of panic and said to my husband Rob, ‘Oh dear, what if someone publishes this one day and I have to give talks about it?’ 

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MALVERN LAUNCH OF THE WATER DOCTOR’S DAUGHTERS

I thought I’d write a  brief report on the official launch of The Water Doctor’s Daughters in Great Malvern.  Editor Des was supposed to do it, but he was still in recovery from an unfortunate incident in London [see end of article]. WELL, THE BIG DAY DAWNED

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The Water Doctor’s Daughters – Book Launch March 23

Have just spent a wonderful  but busy few days in Great  Malvern and Worcester finalizing arrangements for the launch of the Water Doctor’s Daughters on March 23rd. It’s to be held at 2.00pm  in the spacious  Morgan Bar at Malvern’s  historic Foley Arms Hotel.  I will be

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A QUANDRY FOR QUEEN VICTORIA

A QUANDRY FOR  QUEEN VICTORIA

In my non-fiction  book, The Water Doctor’s Daughters,  Queen Victoria is an important figure. BY ROYAL APPOINTMENT- QUEEN VICTORIA AND HER FRENCH DRESSER Early in  1842,  Victoria employed a well educated young Frenchwoman as one of her wardrobe mistresses.  Célestine Doudet  was  born in Rouen  on June 

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FERRIES; THE OLD LADIES OF SYDNEY HARBOUR

FERRIES; THE OLD LADIES OF SYDNEY HARBOUR

UPDATE – OCTOBER 13 2021. FAREWELL TO THE RETIRING MANLY FERRY QUEENSCLIFF. Forty years of carrying us across the water. 🚤🚢 HELLO, EDITOR DES HERE. I HOPE YOU LIKE THIS STORY ABOUT THE DEAR OLD FERRIES THAT PLY SYDNEY HARBOUR. MY GUARDIAN PAULINE CONOLLY WROTE IT. I

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REEDY MARSH PIE

REEDY MARSH PIE

My maternal grandparents James and Nora Larcombe raised a large family on a sheep farm at Reedy Marsh, seven miles from the small town of Deloraine in northern Tasmania. The pair married  in the  tiny Anglican church at nearby Exton just before WWI.  For some reason Archdeacon

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