Service, Love, Death and Renewal

Review: LONG WAY HOME by Dan Jarvis, published by Little, Brown ISBN: Hardback – 978 1 4087 1072 2 I know that in the past I have reviewed George MacDonald-Fraser’s excellent QUARTERED SAFE OUT HERE, which was his memoir of his experiences during the Second World War and the Burma campaign. But just now I … Continue reading

Review: The Stranger.

(Hint: buy it now!) THE STRANGER, by Simon Conway, published by Hodder & Stoughton ISBN: 9781529 332100 This is a good time for reviewers, obviously. Not only do we get time to sit back and read, but publishers are keen to send books out with a view to having some form – any form – … Continue reading

Review: SIEGE, by Richard Foreman, Sharpe Books, ISBN: 9798607084271

This is a great little book. Richard Foreman is a writer who is as happy in Roman Britain as he is in Medieval Antioch, as this story shows. The only thing that matters to Richard is that there are deeds of derring do aplenty! The story begins during the siege of Antioch, the “Siege” of … Continue reading

2020 – A New year!

A new year is always a time to take stock, to think about things, and plan and scheme! This year is going to be one of change for me. I’ve finally taken back the rights to half my books from Simon and Schuster and will be working with a number of other publishers to market … Continue reading

The first chance I’ve had to paint in a

The first chance I’ve had to paint in a year. So I thought I’d do a nice, local scene: the Finch Foundry, a National Trust site that’s full of waterwheels and hammers!

Rationalising!

This is a curious time – one of great potential with a couple of new projects, but also one in which I have to try to rationalise what I do.  That sounds rather pretentious put like that – but it really isn’t. You see one of the projects, which I have mentioned before, is that … Continue reading

Libraries – Protecting From Fake News

In recent years libraries have been squeezed tightly. Since the banking crisis of 2008, all levels of government have seen budgets cut. One of the first areas of constraint to be seen was that of libraries. It appeared that no politicians, no civil servants, whether nationally or locally, were prepared to argue for the defence … Continue reading

Friends For One TOM

Another week begins. This has been a lovely weekend, spent with my daughter in Derbyshire, where we joined the Mortons for a get-together. The Jecks family and Mortons have been friends for many years. It all began in the 1920s, when Don Morton and Peter Jecks went to primary school. It was to be the … Continue reading

April 26th – Not A Good Day

I have some friends – yes, all too few, I know – who used to own the once-wonderful and eccentric Evesham Hotel. When they sold the place, they had a book which they knew I adored: it was a book of events, listed by date. Very kindly, they gave it to me. There are some days … Continue reading