Coat of ArmsMay 1st was the anniversary of Wellington’s birth (probably in Dublin but there is a little doubt about that). Being born on 1st May in 1769 he was just a few months older than Napoleon Bonaparte who was born in Ajaccio, on the Isle of Corsica on August 15th 1769.

May 5th is the anniversary of Napoleon Bonaparte’s official demise on the island of St Helena. By 1821 he had been in exile on that island for more than five years and was 51 years old. Wellington lived on until September 1852 – dying at the grand old age of 83.

Well – these are the official facts.

It’s interesting that the information on the internet is frequently completely wrong. One website has Napoleon Bonaparte dying on 5th May but being buried in Les Invalides in Paris on the 7th – that would have been good going even with today’s transportation methods!

Other inaccuracies occur on the internet but the interesting one (almost, I would say, a Freudian slip) is that one well used and respected website has him dying in the United Kingdom. As a protectorate it is possible to say St Helena was ‘The United Kingdom’ but I prefer to think that – as described in A Set of Lies – he died on another island of the UK – the Isle of Wight – and that he outlived the Duke by six months.

Local Businesses

IMG_0236Where would I be without the help of local businesses in getting my books out into the world?

Thanks to Ron Donaldson and his team at Holdings of Yarmouth; to Kathryn, Shaun and Ade and all at The Wheatsheaf; to John and Claire at The Bugle and to Philippe Blot at Off The Rails. All of these local businesses help to keep Her Parents’ Daughter and, most recently, A Set of Lies in people’s minds – residents and visitors alike – when selling books is not really their main function!

Thank you all – you are great!


Press Coverage

You can never get enough press coverage for new books. How many are published every day? How many can get noticed? How many get bought? How many find their way onto television or film screens? Probably one in several million (unless of course you are already well known then you’ll sell and be snapped up by a film or television production company even if what you’ve written is utter rubbish).

Thanks, to for doing your bit to help to get A Set of Lies (which is not utter rubbish) noticed!

A Set Of Lies Island EchoSee the article properly at .

Many thanks also to Holdings of Yarmouth and The Wheatsheaf Inn (also in Yarmouth) for stocking (and doing their best to sell) A Set of Lies and Her Parents’ Daughter.

What happened next ….

IMG_0218As arguments hit the national press about who, or what action, actually won the Battle of Waterloo (undoubtedly the coalition of forces led by Wellington but not necessarily Wellington himself) I press the case for looking at what happened after the defeated Napoleon surrendered to the English.

After all, here he is, standing proud in his uniform, in a garden on the Isle of Wight.


Here’s to 2015

2014 has seen HER PARENTS’ DAUGHTER out into the world and 2015 will see the next one A SET OF LIES published in June (though available before that!)

There are still six months to go before official publication date (28 June 2015) but so much is happening. The book is back from the editor and final amendments are being made, the cover has been designed and the marketing information (press release, author information) written and approved but the ‘to do list’ grows ever longer. Marketing materials have to be designed (posters, postcards, bookmarks, business cards, point of sale material), contacts made in 2014 relating to HER PARENTS’ DAUGHTER have to be maintained (newspapers and magazines that did reviews, bookshops that did signing events) and, of course, the web-site has to be updated and pre-orders to be taken…….. Luckily it’s Christmas so the world quietens down and stuff can be done!

I hope 2015 is a good one for all my readers, and, of course, everyone else.


Book Signings Continued…..

This coming Saturday morning, 1st November, I will be at Ryde Bookshop, 135 High Street, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 2RJ between 10 am and 12 pm to talk to anyone who cares to meet me – whether they buy signed copies of HER PARENTS’ DAUGHTER or not!
I look forward to seeing you there….

PS I’ll also have copies of my other books available…..

PPS Thanks to those who talked and bought at County Press Shop, Newport, Isle of Wight last Saturday including ‘Beanie’ from Salt Lake City, Utah, USA