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, Kindle and a range of e-book formats. Preview Bloodie Bones and find out more on the Dan Foster BSR pages.
Bloodie Bones: A Dan Foster Mystery has been shortlisted for the Historical Novel Society Indie Award 2016.
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, Kindle and a range of e-readers. Read more in To The Fair Land.
My local history book, The Bristol Suffragettes, is 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.
for information on forthcoming events see my Diary.
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Using An Assisted Publishing Service
I very much enjoyed talking to Tim Lewis of Begin Self Publishing about my experiences of using an assisted publishing service - SilverWood Books. You can read a summary of the interview and listen to the podcast (released on 3 February 2016) on the Begin Self Publishing website.
Swindon, Wiltshire and the Suffragettes
"Such a violent scene has not been witnessed in Swindon for many years." (The Cheltenham Chronicle, 19 July 1913). Find out what happened when the suffrage campaigners came to Swindon in my latest talk extract - Swindon, Wiltshire and the Suffragettes. Download your free copy here.
Bringing the Past to Life at Bristol Book Bazaar, Bristol Festival of Literature 2015
The 2015 Bristol Festival of Literature included a two-day Book Bazaar featuring seminars and talks on the craft and business of writing. As part of these events, I gave a talk on researching the historical novel - Bringing the Past to Life. I've now made the text of this talk available as a free download (pdf document). You can read/download Bringing the Past to Life here.
In addition, in the run up to the Festival I wrote a guest blog - Imagination in the Archives - about doing research for Festival organiser and authorpreneur Amy Morse's blog. You can read Imagination in the Archives on Amy Morse's blog here.
Suffragette film at Bristol Cineworld, Hengrove, 12 October 2015
To mark the release of the film Suffragette on 12 October 2015, I gave two short pre-film talks at Bristol Cineworld, Hengrove - and to round off the celebrations Bristol Cineworld offered a chance to win a signed copy of The Bristol Suffragettes plus Suffragette film goodies on their Facebook page! The competition closed on 18 October 2015. Bristol Cineworld Facebook page here.
Bloodie Bones is an Historical Novel Society's Indie Reviews Editor's Choice
Bloodie Bones has recently been selected as an Editor's Choice by HNS Indie Reviews. Described as a "terrific novel and very difficult to put down", selection as Editor's Choice means that the book is automatically forwarded to the long list for the HNS Indie Award 2016. I couldn't be more pleased!
You can read the HNS Indies Review here.
Bloodie Bones is now Awesome Indies Approved
I'm delighted to announce that Bloodie Bones: A Dan Foster Mystery has been awarded a place on the Awesome Indies list of quality independent fiction. Describing Dan Foster as "totally captivating" and the book as "engrossing", the award means that the novel has passed AI's award criteria for formatting, design, plot, prose, characterisation, etc. You can find out more about Awesome Indies and how their awards are made at the Awesome Indies website. Read the Awesome Indies's review of Bloodie Bones: A Dan Foster Mystery. And you can preview the book and find out more on the Dan Foster BSR webpages.
Lady Constance Lytton: Book Review
I 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.
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.