May Update - England Travels.

May 05, 2023 7:01 am



Hello again from Sydney. And welcome to any new subscribers wherever you are in the world.

My trip to England already seems like a distant memory, but I had a lovely time catching up with family and friends. The weather was patchy – typical Spring showers, but absolutely beautiful in between. I spent most of the holiday in my home town of Bristol, but I also spent a couple of days in London, catching up with my cousins, who very generously took me to see Phaedra at the National Theatre, which was a powerful and moving modern take on an old theme. Of course I also had a wander around Bankside and the Globe, which almost feels like home and was lucky enough to be at Southwark Cathedral when a school orchestra was rehearsing for the evening's concert. It was quite magical.


It was good to get back home though and get stuck into the business of writing again. I know I keep saying it, but the audio edition of Out of the Ashes should be available very soon now – I’ll let you know as soon as it’s released. I’ve begun recording The Last Goodbye, so all things going well with Out of the Ashes, that will follow soon after. I am also making notes and researching for the next WW2 book, but it’s still only in the planning stages. The book I had originally planned just didn’t translate onto the page – I’m not sure why. Perhaps I wasn’t quite sure enough what I was trying to do, but I think it was also I wasn’t confident enough with my knowledge of the history. I’m working on it!

I hope you’re all well during this change of season, whichever hemisphere you’re in. For myself, I welcome the cooler autumn days of Sydney – warm sunny skies, and cool crisp evenings. 

What I’m reading – The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Perhaps because of all the hype around this book I was expecting to be disappointed, but in fact I absolutely loved it. I read it on the way home from England, all in one day (it’s a looong flight). A spellbinding novel about glamour, love, and the price of fame, I couldn’t put it down. 

What I’m watching – The Two Popes

I came across this film by chance and started watching because it had two of my favourite actors – Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins. A surprisingly beautiful exploration of love, faith, and friendship.

Here are the links to my books. Have you read them all?

Another Time and Place

The Officer's Affair

Out of the Ashes

The King James Men

Till next time - happy reading!

Kind regards