Finding a cover for any book is tricky and finding something striking that speaks of the story, without using the usual cliched imagery that date a book so quickly, and is also eye catching is trickier still.
The next book in my WW2 crime series Bunch Courtney Investigates has the working title of In Her Defence. The story is all about perceptions of who and what people were in the turbulent throws of May 1940 when the very real threat of imminent invasion and the instigation if internment prompted deep suspicion of anyone who was not ‘local’ or at least ‘known’ to the population at large. A time when even long standing friendships forged in childhood can and were called into question.
So far the image below is the most serious contender for In Her Defence.
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In Winter Downs: Bunch Courtney Investigates #1 the village close to Bunch’s family home is never named. This was quite deliberate as I didn’t want to pin myself to firmly on a location that can be too easily recognised. Continue reading
Getting home from an event in Derby last night we left the car park and had, for once, found the right road out of Derby city.
Any non-Derbian who has attempted this will know that it is no mean feat. The road signage and ring road accesses were plainly designed by a Dante-obsessed planner who has never driven a car. Many is the time we have driven in desperate circles searching for the way out!
When we came against a diversion from the main road we were thrown back into the street-maze with diversion signs that petered out into the hinterlands of Derby, leaving us wondering where in (Dante’s) hell we were. Continue reading
I have had this pamphlet – The Story of Okewood Church – gathering dust in various draws and on selected shelves for the best part of 40 years. It is dated 1978 and for all I know this same booklet is still available in the tiny church described.
St Johns has had many ups and downs and was left to rot and resurrected several times but has endured. It is a pretty church set in the woodlands of the Surrey/Sussex borders. It is said there was a chapel n the site long before the church was built in 1220. Buily on the remnants of a roman building (villa or temple?), which in itself was thought to be the site of a druidic temple.
Whilst writing In Her Defence, the sequel to my crime novel Winter Downs, I wanted to include a brief description of a really old village church – and Okewood does not come much older. As, indeed, is the pamphlet itself. It took me a while to find it – but The Story of Okewood Church: a Handbook for Pilgrims finally earned its place in my reference library.
Score one for the packrat who never throws anything away!
This morning the author and editor Diana Athill was interviewed on the Today programme for her 100th birthday. Happy Birthday to Ms Athill!
One of the things that she mentioned was her first memory of falling into a puddle and being hauled out again. It set me musing on my own earliest memories. I can think of several, and because we moved house two weeks after my 4th birthday I can accurately date myself as being three or even two years old at the time. Continue reading