Category Archives: Historical Fiction

Looking Through Charlotte Bronte’s Eyes Part 4


My continuing quest to learn more about Charlotte Bronte and her famous work Jane Eyre…  and what links  this book with a three week stay in Hathersage, Derbyshire in  June and July 1845.. In my previous blogs I recorded my notes … Continue reading

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Murder Mystery and Mayhem on the Railways….4 days to go


Hello again Readers Here is my second blog revealing more about my  third true crime book about to  be  released on  Amazon.  This blog takes material and a quote from  the  second chapter of  the book. Life and Limb The … Continue reading

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Saville’s Spinney is Go! 2 Days to Launch ! – The Execution


Hello again Readers Almost there now, just over 48 hours! This blog will be about a very important scene in my book – the very public execution of a condemned man. Once again the three Nottingham newspapers were a wonderful … Continue reading

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How I found a Designer for my Book Cover


Hello again readers. This is an update on my upcoming first book, a True Crime Story about a very real and savage set of cut-throat murders in my former home town of Nottingham. Conceived after an Internet search for information … Continue reading

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The Bones of Robin Hood found on Maid Marian Way, Nottingham?


Source: Rhead, Louis. (1857-1926) “Bold Robin Hood and His Outlaw Band: Their Famous Exploits in Sherwood Forest“. New York: Blue Ribbon Books, 1912 Interesting little snippet of news in today’s edition of the Nottingham Post……… “THE bones of legendary outlaw Robin … Continue reading

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Saville’s Spinney Chapter 14 Aftermath


Sunday 18th August saw Minister William Lindwood return to his chapel at Mansfield to deliver, as promised, his highly popular sermon about the recent events in Nottingham. The venue, also known as the Old Meeting House was packed and again … Continue reading

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Saville’s Spinney Chapter 13 Investigations and Recriminations ( Part 2 ) First Draft


The Nottingham Journal carried a detailed account of the events of the week over three columns, with an initial editorial under the heading of Execution of Saville – Fearful Loss of Life Extraordinary and cold blooded atrocity in cutting the … Continue reading

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