International Women’s Day 2019 – Why celebrate? #PaintItPurple

My husband can’t see the need. He rightly makes the point that there are differences between men and women that will always define certain roles – men are stronger and more gung ho, and women are more cautious and have more patience (sometimes) – but he also believes that ‘the best person for the job’ … More International Women’s Day 2019 – Why celebrate? #PaintItPurple

Kindred and Affinity

A work in progress – a tale of forbidden love. A devout young widower must defy his church and the state to marry the woman he loves and prevent his two children growing up motherless. In 1891, marrying your dead wife’s sister was forbidden according to the laws of Kindred and Affinity as laid down … More Kindred and Affinity

Two Centenaries – Women’s Suffrage and the end of The Great War 1918 – 2018

It is pure coincidence that my recent historical fiction release is a tale whose tapestry is woven through both these subjects. My grandfather, Bill, served in The Great War, his service taking him to Egypt and Palestine with his beloved warhorse attached to the Queen’s Own Worcestershire Yeomanry, a ‘PALS’ regiment not considered real soldiers … More Two Centenaries – Women’s Suffrage and the end of The Great War 1918 – 2018

Mangles, Old Boilers, and Slaving over a Hot Stove.

I’ve been thinking a lot about my grandparents recently. Mainly because I’ve been researching and writing about the period in which they were young and possibly hopeful and when their lives and dreams were interrupted by The Great War. It’s made me realise the freedoms women have attained since then and what has facilitated those … More Mangles, Old Boilers, and Slaving over a Hot Stove.