As I try to unpick the relationship between the people and the politicians in post-war Britain I’m reflecting on some of the key events when the populace had a chance to express their opinion. Labour Prime Minister, Clement Atlee, had enjoyed five years of leading a majority government, following Labour’s landslide victory just two monthsContinue reading “A chance to be heard”
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From top down to bottom up…
To help me get into the mindset of my fictional characters I have spent the last few years researching recent history. Those of you who are familiar with my novels will know they are all set during the iconic decade of the 1960s, a time when Britain experienced a significant cultural shift. To explore theContinue reading “From top down to bottom up…”
Best-selling author of all time!
Any guesses as to who is the most read author in the world? Well, according to a recent Wikipaedia article, it is Agatha Christie – who has estimated sales of between two and four billion! Even beating the bard, William Shakespeare! Hercule Poirot appeared in 33 of her published ‘whodunits’ – which numbered 85 inContinue reading “Best-selling author of all time!”
Not lost, but abandoned
It was 1986 when Nottinghamshire social worker, Margaret Humphreys, was first contacted by a former child migrant in Australia. She was asked if she could help track down his family in the UK. That was just the start of a long journey for Margaret, and for the many individuals and families she has helped sinceContinue reading “Not lost, but abandoned”
The Queen of Crime!
On the 15th September 1890 Agatha Christie was born. She started writing novels in her early twenties and a hundred years later her books are still being read by millions! Among those readers is Janie Juke, young librarian and amateur sleuth, whose hero is Hercule Poirot. Janie has made a name for herself in theContinue reading “The Queen of Crime!”
It seems incredible to think that our Royal Air Force is one hundred years old. It was back in 1918, on 1 April, when the Royal Air Force first formed as a separate service, independent of the British Army and the Royal Navy. In fact, it was the first time that any country hadContinue reading “Flying high”
So much has happened over the last few weeks, all of which has helped to inspire my writing. First off I was lucky enough to spend a few days in Denmark with my two writing buddies! Spending hours talking and thinking about books is my idea of heaven, plus we got to see a beautifulContinue reading “Feeling inspired”
Spending time with friends
I first met Janie Juke in February 2017. I was walking my Scottie dog, Hamish, along a Spanish beach and she came into my head. But back then I didn’t know her name, I didn’t know that she would be a mobile librarian and I hadn’t met any of her family and friends. Since thenContinue reading “Spending time with friends”