It’s all about family

Released today on Kindle Maria sits by the bed of her comatose daughter, Alice, in 1945.When the doctor tells Maria the young woman has only a short time to live, she begins to tell Alice family stories, some true, some not, to make sense of the events which have brought them to where they are […]

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Donkeys in the Desert

In 1858 my great-great-grandfather, a soldier in the 91st Regiment of Foot, embarked on what must have been one of the strangest events of his life. Alongside the rest of his comrades, bound for India, he was transported across seventeen miles of desert between Alexandria and Suez in a column of around 1,000 donkeys, in […]

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A new venture

In the 1970s someone gave me a photograph of a man in uniform, supposedly my great-grandfather. I found it interesting but then put it away. A decade or more later it re-emerged and I began a search for my ancestors. It took over twenty years to find what had happened to the man, a journey […]

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The Road to a Novel

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away … actually it was in 2010 in Donegal, Ireland … I’d written the beginning of a short story featuring a coroner’s clerk in 18th century England. I liked the character but I knew nothing of the period, the style of language of the time, nor […]

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An Honest Review of Scrivener 3

Readers of these posts will be aware I’m a great fan of Scrivener as a writing tool. It enables detailed planning and has a really good system of structuring folders, text, research and notes. The writing target options help keep track of progress on a document by document and on a project basis (Scrivener 3 […]

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Planning a new novel

When I was half-way through A Patient Man, the third in the Inspector James Given series, I decided I’d kill him off. I’d had enough of him and wanted to move on to pastures new. I’d a long-term project I wanted to finish and an outline for the first in a possible new series I […]

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