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The Sissinghurst view of World War II

I recently read a Tweet from a bookseller which asked readers if they had adopted a book recently. It was one of those simple, but leading questions that started me thinking.  Yes, I thought. I have ‘adopted’ quite a few … Continue reading

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A Neapolitan Christmas – in Kent

An extraordinary adventure began 17 years ago when I first met my friend Maria. I had been planning to go and work in Italy and learn the language but, instead, Italy – or rather Naples – came to me. Introduced … Continue reading

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The Extraordinary Case of the Prime Minister’s Murder

This is the second article in a three-part series which is currently being run in the Colombo Telegraph. Mr Bandaranaike, Prime Minister of Ceylon 1956 – 1959 On a quiet September morning in 1959, two men were waiting for an … Continue reading

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Sri Lanka: The Unbreakable Bond

This article was first published in the Colombo Telegraph (www.colombotelegraph.com) on November 10th, 2013. It is the first in a series of three. When I wrote my novel The Devil Dancers, I could not have predicted that the cycle of events … Continue reading

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Survival against the odds: Canterbury’s medieval guest-house

Medieval pilgrims have featured prominently in my writing this year. First, there was William of Perth, the mysterious Scottish baker who shot to fame as Rochester’s patron saint and provided the inspiration for my story The Baker’s Boy. The research … Continue reading

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Pity the Pilgrim: the medieval tourist trade

If you are packing your bags for a summer holiday, spare a thought for the medieval pilgrim. In most cases, the modern holiday from hell amounts to little more than a long queue at the airport or a hotel resembling … Continue reading

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Rochester’s Medieval Mystery

When researching medieval pilgrims for my story The Baker’s Boy, I was struck by the many facets of what resembled an early form of the tourist industry. The subject of my research was William of Perth, an obscure Scottish baker … Continue reading

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