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Sussex Tales is all about a vanishing rural world – and if I am totally honest with myself also about vanishing family traditions. In particular the family recipes for Granny Hopcraft’s Christmas Cake and Puddings are just too good to vanish without trace. Good old Victorian recipes along the ‘take nine eggs and a pound of butter’ variety. (Not forgetting the large glass of brandy and a bottle of ‘Old Ale’).
I am the last of my particular line who recalls the traditional recipes in their entirety. The wine recipes came from an old ruled note book with red card covers written in the round, slightly laborious pen of my paternal grandmother. She was a country woman at heart, who, even when she lived in the close confines of south London, kept a good larder.
(Picture: Gran and Jean at Saddlescombe Farm cottages circa 1958)
The Great War started a hundred years ago. What is the link between your story in Silver Light and that war?
My story is mostly set in the First World War trenches and, particularly, in No Man’s Land. I studiously researched the story – more on that later.
What concerns did you have when it came to writing your story, how you planned to cover the subject matter? Were you worried that the anthology might have become too much like a regular “horror” book?
My concern was to have a believable underpinning layer of the horror of combat and thus ground the story in historical realism. It’s the First World War, millions died and suffered horribly and there’s no escaping or disguising that fact. However, one must also make an imaginative leap – and I believe that my story does that – otherwise one is simply regurgitating Wilfred Owen, Robert Graves, et al. Continue reading
My copy of Wicked Women arrived today – a fine looking publication!
Edited by Jan Edwards and Jenny Barber. Contains fiction from: Juliet E McKenna, Christine Morgan, Tom Johnstone, AR Aston, Adrian Tchaikovsky,Sam Stone, Chloë Yates, Stephanie Burgis, Jonathan Ward, Jaine Fenn, Zen Cho and Gaie Sebold
Available on paper and ebook formats!
” The Wolves of Vimy” features in Kneeling in the Silver Light. Here, the author, David Jon Fuller, writes about his story.
The Great War started a hundred years ago. What is the link between your story inSilver Light and that war?
My story is set during the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917. That was the first time all divisions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force fought together as single force. It’s a battle that has taken on more significance for Canada as a nation, which prior to the First World War had no major standing army, because it represented a victory for the country as a whole, than it did strategically for the Allies in the war. Continue reading
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