The shadow at my side.

I’ve had a shadow at my side for most of the last sixty-odd years. It’s taken different shapes and sizes, but it has been a comfort, a non-judgemental inspiration, and an ever-cheerful devoted friend. My present shadow has been my constant companion for the last fourteen years. She’s a small chocolate and tan collie-cross rescued … More The shadow at my side.

Pre-release sneak peek of ‘Revenge: England and Scotland, rivalry and retribution’.

Chapter One ‘Of all the pirates I’ve heard and seen The basest and the bloodiest is Captain Green’ *** My Country men who do intend on Pirrating to go, Be sure what e’re ye may pretend The certain end is wo, I know’t to sad Experience .The better may I tell, I thought my self … More Pre-release sneak peek of ‘Revenge: England and Scotland, rivalry and retribution’.

The most ignominious act of treachery in Scottish history.

It’s 1705 and Scotland is on its knees. For years, the country’s Company of Scotland has been denied access to the profitable trade routes to the East Indies by the rival English East India Company. Piracy is rife across the ocean trade routes, the slave trade is at its height, England is keen to avoid … More The most ignominious act of treachery in Scottish history.

Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month, and as a writer of historical fiction – stories that feature strong women – I can’t let it pass unmentioned. You might ask why women should have a month dedicated to their history; after all, everyone’s history is important if we’re to understand our present, but I shall attempt to … More Women’s History Month

A butterfly’s wings, cause and effect, and why fraud is dangerous.

It’s odd the subjects you get led to when researching for a novel. While looking into the events of 1929 for The Chain Mistress, which may not be it’s final title, I came across a butterfly by the name of Clarence Hatry, who flapped his wings with dire effects. Hatry, son of a Jewish immigrant … More A butterfly’s wings, cause and effect, and why fraud is dangerous.

When life crumbles around you – parents, PLEASE have this conversation with your children.

Anna is eighteen, and hasn’t had an easy childhood. Diagnosed with ADHD, she’s been on medication since she was twelve. She’s an intelligent , caring young woman, who has already had more to cope with than most people have in a lifetime, but she was coping with it well and had her future mapped out … More When life crumbles around you – parents, PLEASE have this conversation with your children.

‘That’s where all the criminals come from’ – a different point of view.

I’ve moaned about the criminal element of the world holding the law abiding to ransom before – and the fact that there’s no such thing as a victimless crime. I’ve argued for tougher penalties, and parenting classes for new parents to raise socially responsible children. I’ve even suggested a points system – so many points … More ‘That’s where all the criminals come from’ – a different point of view.

International Women’s Day 2021 – fighting to prove a woman’s worth.

I wrote about this last year, https://rebeccabrynblog.wordpress.com/2020/03/08/the-inequalities-that-inspired/ and much has changed since then. The pandemic has turned all our lives upside-down. So how have I spent my year in lockdown? I finished my work-in-progress, The Chainmakers’ Daughter, the story of the white slaves of England – the women chainmakers who went on a ten-week strike … More International Women’s Day 2021 – fighting to prove a woman’s worth.

The March of Death – Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day marks the liberation, on January 27th 1945, of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi death camp in Poland, by the Russian 60th Army. While most people have heard of Auschwitz and the horror perpetrated there, many would reasonably believe that liberation put an end to the inmates suffering, that they were rescued and returned to … More The March of Death – Holocaust Memorial Day

Power Politics and Emptying an Entire Dog out of my Vacuum Cleaner.

I’ve just typed THE END to my latest novel, The Chainmaker’s Wife – a sequel to The Chainmakers’ Daughter. There’s still a lot of work to be done applying my latest research findings, editing, beta reading, etc, but I hope to be able to publish it before Christmas. I was asked to write this sequel … More Power Politics and Emptying an Entire Dog out of my Vacuum Cleaner.

New release! Nothing really changes.

Firstly, I’m happy to announce that my latest novel, The Chainmaker’s Wife, is available to pre-order at http://mybook.to/ChainmakersWife Book One, The Chainmakers’ Daughter, is also available at http://mybook.to/ChainmakersDaughter It’s been an interesting book to write given the present happenings around the globe – so much in it resonates with today’s problems – truly, nothing really … More New release! Nothing really changes.

The inequalities that inspired a revolution. International Women’s Day 2020

I don’t consider myself to be a women’s libber, and had I lived in the early 1900s, I’m not sure I’d have had the courage of the likes of Mary Macarthur or Emily Pankhurst, but I have always been keenly aware of women being viewed as second-class citizens. I didn’t question it – it’s how … More The inequalities that inspired a revolution. International Women’s Day 2020

Taking things for granted. Holocaust Remembrance Day 2020.

We all do it, whether it’s the simple act of walking down the road, seeing a primrose in early spring, touching the hand of a loved one, having a meal with friends, or listening to music. And we all moan about the weather, the government, the state of the world in general, and few of … More Taking things for granted. Holocaust Remembrance Day 2020.

New Release!

Royal Command Family Saga: Plus Sizzling Sunset 99c/99p held for November! Click / to Amazon Michael, a poverty-stricken amateur actor makes superstar abetted by wife Elspeth. Unknown to Michael, Elspeth and their daughter are influenced by a literary heirloom. Seductions, betrayals, kidnap, blackmail, & murder follow. The Spy, an unscrupulous journalist, is out to prove…

Honouring the Fallen

It seems to me that the best way of honouring the fallen of two world wars is not to forget their sacrifice and have some understanding of what they went through. ‘Lest we Forget’ is written large on many memorials for a very good reason, but what do most of us actually know about the … More Honouring the Fallen

Seventy Years On

There are flags flying in the village ready for Jublilee celebrations on the green at the weekend, and they remind me of the passing years and that I can remember back beyond our queen’s coronation when I was a child in Kettering. I suppose my first memory of royalty was telling my young friend that … More Seventy Years On

Stark Naked in Tesco

Posted on October 20, 2017 by Rebecca Bryn Image courtesy  of petelovespurple via Visual Hunt. Back in the good old days, I suppose I’d have been about three and sitting in a little metal chair on the back of Mum’s sit-up-and-beg Raleigh, shopping was quite a different experience. We went to the corner shop, the greengrocer, or the … More Stark Naked in Tesco