THE DAY BRADMAN HIT A TON FOR BLACKHEATH!

THE DAY BRADMAN HIT A TON FOR BLACKHEATH!

Hello….Editor Des here. Well it’s all sport, sport, sport in our household at the moment, so I thought I would write a piece about a famous cricketer!  By the way, the local coach once told me that I had a great future as twelfth man for Blackheath

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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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Dawlish; an Author’s Pilgrimage.

  One of the  true joys of writing narrative  non-fiction is visiting all the places associated with the story. Of  course the research for  my book,  The Water Doctor’s Daughters,  took me to Paris (such a chore..ha ha)  Hastings and St Leonards,  Malvern and Cheltenham.  Accompanied  by

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EXETER CATHEDRAL’S CURIOSITIES

  Hello, this is Editor Des back from the West Country of Olde England.  I’ve chosen this little piece because I liked the story Pauline told me about the nursery rhyme and the 15th century cathedral clock at Exeter. I’m sure you know you how it goes;

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RING THE BELLS!

RING THE  BELLS!

  There is such a strong association between Christmas and bells. Images of them  adorn our trees and  greeting cards, and the faithful are summoned to church by them on Christmas morning. I wasn’t sure whether to post this as history or humour, but the humour  is

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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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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 a central figure. Early in  1842,  Victoria employed a well educated young Frenchwoman as one of her wardrobe mistresses.  Célestine Doudet  was  born in Rouen  on June  15 1817,  to a  highly regarded French army officer 

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Confessions of a Schoolgirl Accordian Player.

Confessions of a Schoolgirl  Accordian Player.

MISGUIDED  MUSICAL AMBITION After watching too many episodes of  Australia’s  Got Talent,  my associate Editor Des has  decided   he wants to become a famous musician. He desperately wanted to play a keyboard instrument, but let’s face it, he just doesn’t have finger dexterity.  After a lot of

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