Archive for the ‘BOOKS FROM MY BOOKSHELVES’ Category

An Author Looks Ahead and Back.

Thursday, January 9th, 2014 Posted in Books, BOOKS FROM MY BOOKSHELVES, News | Comments Off on An Author Looks Ahead and Back.

On Monday the manuscript of JUST ONE MORE DAY went to my publisher Piatkus, an imprint of Little Brown Book Group, fulfilling the contract I signed earlier this year. The background to the novel is the RAF during the Second World ...

The Magical World of the Writer

Thursday, December 5th, 2013 Posted in Books, BOOKS FROM MY BOOKSHELVES | Comments Off on The Magical World of the Writer

I came into computers when they were something of a mystery, pre Amstrad days! I saw they would be a boon to writers but I knew writers who did not agree - 'They'll never take over from the typewriter.'  How ...

A Book On My Bookshelves

Saturday, August 10th, 2013 Posted in Books, BOOKS FROM MY BOOKSHELVES | Comments Off on A Book On My Bookshelves

I have recently placed on my bookshelves DAM BUSTERS FAILED TO RETURN by Robert Owen, Steve Darlow, Sean Feast and Arthur Thorning, published by Fighting High. Many books have been written about 617 Squadron that was formed especially to destroy ...

Beating A Deadline

Thursday, August 8th, 2013 Posted in Books, BOOKS FROM MY BOOKSHELVES, Jessica Blair Country | Comments Off on Beating A Deadline

My on-going contribution to my new novel has been interrupted for a week in order for me to concentrate on checking the proof copy of A TAPESTRY OF DREAMS which will be published in February. It is concentrated work looking ...

Jessica Blair and wartime sagas

Thursday, August 1st, 2013 Posted in Books, BOOKS FROM MY BOOKSHELVES | Comments Off on Jessica Blair and wartime sagas

I recently watched on TV Appointment in London starring Dirk Bogarde and Dinah Sheridan. It was released in 1952 after being filmed at RAF Upwood.  While appropriate in one sense, its title gives no hint that this film is set on ...

RESEARCH

Thursday, June 20th, 2013 Posted in Books, BOOKS FROM MY BOOKSHELVES | Comments Off on RESEARCH

I came into writing in the early 1950s, articles etc First book published in paperback 1959. What a journey since then! Always exciting and interesting. And what a technological advancement there has been. For much of my time there has ...

RAILWAYS

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 Posted in Books, BOOKS FROM MY BOOKSHELVES | Comments Off on RAILWAYS

I have just read and enjoyed GIANTS OF STEAM by Jonathan Glancey We would not be able to stand in awe of the great steam locomotives that once powered their way along the tracks that trellised the world had it not ...

Jessica Blair / Piatkus

Sunday, October 28th, 2012 Posted in Books, BOOKS FROM MY BOOKSHELVES, Jessica Blair Country | Comments Off on Jessica Blair / Piatkus

It was a day Kathleen Swan would never forget: 12 August 1832, the day that changed her life. From the window-seat in her room, she looked up from her copy of  The Last of the Mohicans and swept her gaze across the ...

Jessica Blair and Scarborough

Sunday, September 30th, 2012 Posted in Books, BOOKS FROM MY BOOKSHELVES, Jessica Blair Country | Comments Off on Jessica Blair and Scarborough

   I live about 40 miles from Scarborough and as it figures in some of my Jessica Blair novels I  include it as part of Jessica Blair Country. I visited Scarborough recently and watched a lively beach soccer match. That ...

Letter Writing

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012 Posted in Books, BOOKS FROM MY BOOKSHELVES | Comments Off on Letter Writing

I have just put on to one of my bookshelves KIND REGARDS,  by Liz Williams, sub-titled The Lost Art Of Letter Writing.  It is a pleasant, entertaining, factual book,  as you may guess it is about letter writing. It looks ...