Archive for January, 2009


Wednesday, January 28th, 2009 Posted in Books, Jessica Blair Country | 6 Comments »

This is Whitby's East Side looking upstream from the bridge. Much altered since the days in which my Jessica Blair books are set. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries ships would be tied up at the quays and the people ...


Wednesday, January 28th, 2009 Posted in Books | Comments Off on STAY WITH ME

STAY WITH ME :  Published February 5th.       Here is a taster: From her home, high on Whitby's West Cliff, twenty-three year old Pauline Carnforth gazed across the River Esk ..... It was Christmas Eve 1879. The bustle on the quays was ...

Yorkshire Coast – Ravenscar

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009 Posted in Books, Jessica Blair Country | Comments Off on Yorkshire Coast – Ravenscar

These high cliffs at Ravenscar would be familiar to all the sailors in my books especially those from Whitby. They tower on the southern side of Robin Hood's Bay. They figure especially in ECHOES OF THE PAST when the Hope is ...


Monday, January 26th, 2009 Posted in Books | 1 Comment »

I read that the English cricketers in the West Indies should look out for the 'throat ball' Didn't seem to be any loud protests at this sort of intimidation. There was great controversy about Body Line in 1932. Isn't the ...

Bright lights in the gloom

Monday, January 26th, 2009 Posted in Books | 2 Comments »

Middlesbrough through to the next round of the FA Cup - Kevin Pietersen scores 103, bright lights in the gloom so let's not worry too much

DIY spells Disaster

Friday, January 23rd, 2009 Posted in Books | 5 Comments »

Further to my reply to Keith Chapman's Comment on Sorting Out. I was going to put that paint brush to use today  but when I went for the paint, certain that there was some white left over from a job ...

Sorting Out

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 Posted in Books | 9 Comments »

I spent today sorting out. Am I any better for it? Well, I suppose a little. Some places do look a little bit tidier - well I had to set some things straight. Did I throw much out? You may ...

Looking Ahead

Monday, January 19th, 2009 Posted in News | 2 Comments »

Having dispatched my novel to my publisher earlier this month I have been working on two outlines which I have sent to my publisher by email a few minutes ago. So I now await their comments. Maybe I can relax a ...

The Mountain That Collapsed

Thursday, January 1st, 2009 Posted in Books | 1 Comment »

On 9 April !903 Turtle Mountain, Crowsnest Pass, Alberta, Canada sent 90 million tons of limestone sliding to destroy most of the town of Frank. 40 years later in July 1943, while on leave from aircrew training, I stood at the site ...