About the Author
Author of two major murder mystery series, featuring Thea Osborne, house sitter in the Cotswolds and Persimmon Brown, Lake District florist. Also "ghost writer" of the novels based on the ITV series Rosemary and Thyme. Seven earlier titles feature Drew Slocombe, undertaker (who turns up again in the Cotswolds) and Den Cooper, police officer.
THE MAN WHO TOLD A THOUSAND STORIES
A full biography of a man who did everything in excess. He lived to be ninety; he fathered fifteen children; he wrote 130 books; he collected folksongs and wrote hymns. He never ran short of energy. His novels were bestsellers in the final decades of the Victorian era. He was almost never dull, even when writing collections of sermons or Lives of the Saints. The biography took an alarming 15 years to write, and is the result of exhaustive researches into Baring-Gould's archives, as well as reading nearly all his books. It is 540 pages, in a handsome hardback format, with illustrations. This is a limited edition of 500 copies and is extremely good value.
The book will be available from March 15th 2017
£22.00 plus £2.90 post and packing.
Available only from Praxis Books.
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Peril in the Cotswolds.
Coming Autumn 2017.
Thea and Drew are living in Broad Campden, fully expecting her career as an amateur sleuth to be well and truly over. But that was never going to happen, was it...?
The Indifference of Tumbleweed
A self-published ebook, available from all outlets, price £2.99 or thereabouts. This is the historical novel I wrote as a result of a trip across the western states, featuring Oregon Trail migrants of 1846. It is a coming-of-age story, primarily, and is the first of a trilogy.
ISBN 978 09559517 25
The Spoils of Sin
Sequel to 'The Indifference of Tumbleweed'. Available early July 2015. Two young girls set up as whores in a brothel in Chemeketa, which later became Salem, state capital of Oregon. The Gold Rush is about to begin, with all the confusion and unpredictability of sudden wealth.
ISBN 978 09559517 49
Some Personal Stuff
I grew up on farms, first in Cheshire, then in Devon. It was a childhood full of powerful elemental experiences. Cruelty, death, frustration alternated with idyllic summer days, the teamwork of the harvest, the delight of the young animals. No two days were quite the same. Some of these memories have found their way into A Dirty Death, my first novel. I have lived in various parts of England since then - London and Sussex, before returning to the western side of the country. I now live in rural Herefordshire, on a smallholding situated close to the beautiful Black Mountains. I have two dogs - the pigs I enjoyed so much are all gone now, leaving rather a gap. Their paddock is slowly being transformed into a wild garden, with trees, pond and lots of bamboo.
I have four children and four grandchildren. Coming from large famiies on both sides, I have relatives everywhere, and have been enjoying reading old letters and diaries, family trees and memoirs, prompted by the acqusition of a mass of material when my mother died.
I blundered accidentally into writing crime fiction, and still wonder how it happened. It could just as easily have been historical, or sagas or even non-fiction. Indeed, I am currently trying my hand at two of those genres, as a change of pace.
I travel whenever possible, with France and Greece firm favourites. Plus America, Australia, Argentina...places with wide open roads and easy driving.
I give talks to libraries, groups and anyone else who might be interested.