Camel Wood

Camel Wood is an amalgam of many woods and woodlands and forests I’ve walked through. It is a large area of old woodland which exists only in my imagination but is so vivid and believable that it is easy to describe it when I write. Those of you who have read my novel ‘The Stalking of Rosa Czekov’ will know what […]

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The sea, the sea…

Water is my natural element, I think I could swim before I could walk, and as a child I spent hours and hours in swimming pools, in, on and by the river, and in the sea whenever I could. I posted earlier about the tragedy of the little boy who fell into the sea near us here in Somerset, and now […]

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Where there’s a Will…

In a previous post I mentioned Dr John Kennedy Will, who was in charge of what we would now call a hospital but in the nineteenth century was called a lunatic asylum, in Bethnal Green. I was writing about a patient of his, but I think Dr Wills would be an interesting person to investigate. His wife was Ella […]

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Climbing trees

Climbing trees… This is what Beulah did in “Night Vision”: When something terrible has happened, childhood seems safe. And to reclaim a happy childhood it sometimes seems a good idea to do childish things, innocent childish things. So Beulah climbed a tree… Beulah has had a terrible row with her husband Neil and angry and […]

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Easter holiday with the family

Each year my four cousins and their families, and me with my family, go on holiday together. We first did this ten years ago at Easter, and went to the Ebenezer Chapel in Derbyshire, near Belper. Some of the older generation came too, my cousins father Ken, and our Aunty Audrey and Uncle Sid. We had a wonderful time together, nearly thirty of us staying […]

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