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Hull is the city of my birth, but I have lived in the Beverley area for the past 20 years. I have a family in Hull and a family in Australia. Travelling to shores, both near and far, is often on my agenda. What keeps me young at heart? My grandchildren and my zest for life.

Thursday, 5 December 2013


I am thrilled to announce that my latest novel, A TIME FOR PEACE  is now out in book shops and I am inviting you to my 2 book signing sessions.

Monday 9th December, 11am-12pm at Bargain Books, King Edward Street, Hull.

Saturday 14th December, 11am-12pm at WH Smith, Prospect Centre, Hull.

Love to see you and welcome your support, and to chat about books and writing.

Hope you can make it.

Monday, 28 October 2013

Coming soon! "A TIME FOR PEACE"


The date is through at last! My new family saga is being launched by Robert Hale Ltd on 29th November 2013. Here's the blurb and cover of A TIME FOR PEACE.

A time of peace follows the victory of WW11, but with peace comes unforeseen problems. Demobbed men are strangers to their families. Women have managed on their own, keeping their families safe and fed. It may be a time of peace, but it is also a time of challenge, especially for Rose, whose job is to help others. When Rose meets a demobbed airman, Joe, and his motherless son, she gives them her support and friendship and gradually her heart.When Rose's brother, Freddie, comes home from Germany with a pregnant wife, the woman is shunned by neighbours as the enemy. And Freddie has a secret, which threatens to destroy Rose and Joe's relationship. In a time for peace, the strength of Rose and Joe's love is tested. Can they sustain their love in such adversity and build a future together?

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Thursday, 30 May 2013

Arctic Corsair Trawler

Yesterday I had a fantastic and interesting guided tour around the Arctic Corsair Trawler. This is part of my research for my next novel, set around the fishing community of Hessle Road in the 1950s.  Now a museum, the trawler is moored on the River Hull in the old  town. Our guide, John, who comes from a fishing background, was a mind of stories and information. I listened intently and making mental notes and a few pencilled ones. What struck me was the dangers that the deep sea trawlermen faced in the Icelandic fishing grounds and the hazard conditions they worked in. But shining through was the spirit and comradeship of the men, it is ingrained in the very fabric of the trawler.  Down below, there are written testaments to this. The tour and  the 10 minute action film lasted one hour and 30 minutes.
A great experience and well worth the visit.