I write fiction...
Bloodie Bones: A Dan Foster Mystery: In 1796, Bow Street Runner and amateur pugilist Dan Foster is sent to investigate the murder of a gamekeeper in a Somerset village torn by violent protest after the enclosure of local woodland... Available in paperback and as an e-book for a range of devices. Find out more on the Dan Foster BSR pages.
It was a lovely book launch at Foyles Bookshop in Bristol on 20 May. I was touched by the goodwill of all who attended - thank you to you all for helping to make it such a memorable evening. And thanks to Suzie Grogan of 10Radio who recorded the event for the Talking Books programme - I'll let you know when that will be broadcast. Photographs and report coming soon!
To The Fair Land: In 1789 struggling writer Ben Dearlove sets out to find the anonymous author of a best selling book about a voyage to the South Seas - but before he can discover the shocking truth he has to get out of prison, catch a thief and bring a murderer to justice... Available in paperback and as an e-book for a range of e-readers. Read more in To The Fair Land.
My local history book, The Bristol Suffragettes, is now available in paperback. Find out more about the book and discover how you can get involved in the Bristol Suffragette Project in Suffragettes.
And I write...
about books, art, theatre and whatever takes my literary fancy on my blog.
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Walking and Writing: Guest Blog on Jane Davis's Blog
I am thrilled to be the guest blogger on Jane Davis's blog on 22 May 2015, with a piece about how walking inspires both my fiction and non-fiction work. Jane is also a keen walker, and in her biography mentions how she walked the locations connected with her wonderful novels A Funeral for an Owl and I Stopped Time. I wonder if other writers find inspiration when walking, or if it helps them in any other way? For me, walking and a sense of place are very important. Read my blog Writing and Walking on Jane Davis's blog here.
Lady Constance Lytton: Book Review
I recently reviewed Lyndsey Jenkins's immensely readable biography, Lady Constance Lytton: Aristocrat, Suffragette, Martyr, for Bristol 24/7. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the suffragette movement generally, and also for those who would like to know more about a suffragette with many Bristol connections. You can read the review here.
A Suffrage Walk Around Whiteladies Road - Free Download
Census resisters and church protesters, some remarkable Bristol sisters, and a medical pioneer ...The latest of the free suffragette walks is now available. You can do it as part of the main walk in The Bristol Suffragettes, or as a stand-alone stroll. Go to the Suffragette Walks page to download your free copy of A Suffrage Walk Around Whiteladies Road.
SilverWood Selection Box
SilverWood Books have put together a selection of extracts from books by ten of what they are rather nicely calling "well-loved authors" (links below will take you to their websites) and I'm delighted to be included in that category with The Bristol Suffragettes. The free ebook contains an amazing pick of genres, with excerpts from historical and fantasy novelist Helen Hollick's advice for authors, Dave Ebsworth's Spanish Civil War novel, poems by Michael Brown, Roman-nut Alison Morton's alternative fiction, time slip by Anna Belfrage, Iceland-obsessed Edward Hancox, Adrian Churchward's political thriller, serving police offer Sandy Osborne's romantic comedy about a girl cop, and Harvey Black's Cold War series. If you're looking for something new to read, you can download your free copy from Smashwords here.
Kindle version here - note that this is priced at 99p.
The Worcester Suffragettes
The latest of my talk extracts is now available as a free download. Download The Worcester Suffragettes here.
Tramgirls, Tommies and the Vote - Bristol 2014
In 2014 the Bristol Festival of Ideas organised a series of commemorative events marking the centenary of the start of the First World War. As part of that commemoration, a specially commissioned book on the First World War was distributed free of charge in Bristol. My contribution is "Tramgirls, Tommies and the Vote", which looks at what happened to women war workers when the war ended. Find out more about Bristol 2014 here. Check with your local library to see if there are still copies available.
Discover a further selection of articles, blogs and podcasts about the suffragettes, the eighteenth-century and other themes in Articles and Blogs.
Author photograph by Rebecca Millar Photography.