The Values of Newsletters, Google+, FB, Twitter.

Why the title, “The Values of Newsletters, Google+, FB, Twitter”? Well, because the value is in the connection. Great ways for writers to get to know more about their readers. And even more so now after the publication of my recent first Newsletter – the next will be in summer when my new book Lizzie of […]

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Rivers News on World Book Day 2015

  Hello everyone! This close-up image of Lizzie of Langley Street is a stunner! The full book jacket cover profiles Lizzie against the busy backdrop of Cox Street market, my East End meeting place for all the Rivers  characters (and the blueprint of Chrisp Street market in London’s East End.) Marking WORLD BOOK DAY I’m happy […]

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London, the capital of Britain, its history and culture, from the plague to the Blitz.

London, the capital of Britain, its history and culture, from the plague to the Blitz, has always fascinated me. I have Eastender blood flowing in my veins, so it’s a foregone conclusion then, that my writing niche might be London’s 20th century with two world wars and only 20 years to separate them. My books […]

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“Get out there and knock it down!”

  “Get out there and knock it down!” So say the awesome Three Degrees during the Breakfast Show of late January 2015. Now celebrating 50 years in the entertainment business the band we all recognise for their unique and soulful voices, are hitting the road on their tour of Britain. This from Valerie Holiday, who […]

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Thinking of Christmas Shopping?

October 23rd is almost here, the day when my 2014 novel, TOGETHER FOR CHRISTMAS is published in paperback form. The book’s beautiful cover shows my central character, Flora Shine, dressed in her Great War nurse’s uniform. Together with her two close friends depicted in the background, this clever artwork hints at the story inside. I’m […]

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The Parcel

    The parcel arrived from my publisher this morning; a freshly bound hardback copy of this year’s novel, TOGETHER FOR CHRISTMAS. I turn the clean, crisp pages into 1914 and find myself once again among the leafy plane trees of London’s Hyde Park. I join my East End orphans Flora Shine, Will Boniface and […]

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‘Together For Christmas’

My centenary book for 2014, ‘Together For Christmas’ is published in ebook, August 14th and to paperback in October. The three main characters are orphans Flora – my heroine, and Will and Hilda, her dearest friends from childhood. It’s August 1914, London. Britain has just declared war on Germany, and the whole country seems to […]

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Book Prize: June Competition Notification

 JUNE COMPETITION It’s June and time for the summer competition. As many of you know, I write about East Enders – the cockney communities who came before the EastEnders of Albert Square in Walford. I set my East End families on the real Isle of Dogs (map above), Whitechapel, Limehouse, Poplar and surrounding hamlets, pre 1960. […]

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The East End and where it all began…

What is the inspiration for writing novels?This is a question most writers are asked and in my case, it’s always the Isle of Dogs, the heart of London’s East End. It began in the 1920’s, when Grandad was given the chance to rent a small, three-bedroom council terrace with a front parlour, kitchen and yard. […]

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