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Chalkhill Blue – No 1 bestseller!

In 2015 Chalkhill Blue reached the top of the Amazon Kindle bestseller lists in America within both the Historical Fiction and Historical Romance categories. A new reader, trained in psychotherapy, wrote that she had never… Read more

Why I write

    I think for all of us who write it starts with the creative impulse, doesn’t it? A need to create something permanent and pleasing has surely been a… Read more

Ross Poldark or Aaron Corbyn?

‘The sea shimmered crimson and gold, fine as tiffany silk. Every ripple, every pebble beneath it stood out with crystal clarity in the early sun, as from the naked figure… Read more

Good Advice from John Masefield

  My last memory of my famous cousin John Masefield dates from the early sixties, when I visited him at his home, Burcote Brook, on the Thames at Abingdon near… Read more

Talks to Groups, Societies and Lecture Clubs

Last year I enjoyed the challenge of speaking to a variety of  societies and clubs in the South East and elsewhere, including the Society of Sussex Authors and the U3A… Read more

Reactions to Offensive Language

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. Untrue apparently. Because the capacity of individuals to be hurt or offended by other people’s written or… Read more

Troglodytes of the First World War

  Almost 40 years ago, while I was researching my bestselling First War novel, Chalkhill Blue, I was sent to meet a solid, gruffly spoken little woman who was reputed to… Read more

Enjoying Sex, In Fiction

Back in the nineteen sixties, whenever my mother exchanged library books for my grandmother she was invariably sent off with the instruction: ‘Nothing with sex in it, please dear.’ Which… Read more

The Myth of Our ‘Military Prowess’

  Our Prime Minister, David Cameron, has boasted of Britain’s ‘military prowess’ as a means of combating the advance of ISIS – and as if to vindicate his call for… Read more

Timeless Themes of Love and War

My attempts to combine writing with farming are featured in this article which ran in a number of provincial newspapers. It’s true that I jotted ideas on the paper udder… Read more

Why Not Bring Colour into Readers’ Lives?

  For generations writers have used coloured ink in correspondence. Jane Austen wrote in ink made from iron gall, which first appeared as a pale grey, darkened on exposure to… Read more

How to Launch ‘The Great Novel’… Or Not?

  At the age of 40, having tried what many might call a curious variety of occupations – as an repertory actor, a suited adman and a muddy dairy farmer… Read more