Song and Dance: Prologue

Here is the opening of my new 1920s novella, Song and Dance. It’s the story of Jane and Jonesy, whom you might remember from The War Bride. I’ll be sending the full story out to my newsletter subscribers very soon, so sign up here if you haven’t already. The full novella will be provided

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Here for Christmas!

I don’t have a cover to show you yet, but I’m delighted to say that The Charleston Scandal will be available on 24th November in Australia (and worldwide as an ebook)! So it will be in your local or online bookstore in time for Christmas! London, 1923 Kit Linton, a privileged young

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Dickens meets Barbie

The other day, I babysat my niece’s twin five-year-old girls for the day. Part of the time was spent watching a Barbie movie: a remake of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Or, should I say a reimagining of A Christmas Carol, with Barbie telling the story to her younger sister –

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What’s in a name?

‘What’s in a name?’ Juliet asks Romeo. ‘A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.’ Hmmm.  If you knew the flower we call a rose was called a ‘skunk blossom’, would you really perceive its scent as piercingly sweet, as redolent and seductive, as achingly nostalgic? Frankly, I

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Researching Venice for A Letter from Italy

Although most of the action in A Letter from Italy is set in Brindisi in 1917, the last section is set in Venice. All cities changes over time, even historical centres like Venice, and I wanted to be very sure of my descriptions. Fortunately, I stumbled over (well, all right,

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