Sunday Serial #3

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This is the third instalment of the serialisation of Leefdale by Michael Murray. If you missed the earlier posts click here for part one and here for part two. Now read on …. ‘Well, here we are,’ said Sharon. As they drove into Leefdale, Dylan was struck by the village’s all-pervading atmosphere of peace. He…… Continue reading Sunday Serial #3

Sunday Serial #2

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If you want to start at the beginning use the Look Inside feature here. Or just dive in! THE LEEFLETThe Newsletter of The Leefdale Parish CouncilApril 2001Pages 3-4In the Garden with “The Major” I was chatting to one of our new neighbours the other day, when he said, “Come on, Major. You’ve gardened in this…… Continue reading Sunday Serial #2

Book Blog: The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore

When I have time I read book blogs published by other readers and occasionally find my next good read. This is what happened when I read a review of The Feast of Lupercal by Brian Moore on the HeavenAli book blog. The novel sounded really intriguing and well written so I checked it out on…… Continue reading Book Blog: The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore

Sunday Serial #1

Here’s the first instalment of Sunday Serial. I hope you enjoy reading it. PART ONETuesday 10th April 2001 to Monday 16th July 2001 CHAPTER ONE Whenever Major Howard Roberts was depressed, which was quite often, he would go up to his study and stand at the window looking out. His gaze would take in his…… Continue reading Sunday Serial #1

Book Blog: Mockingbird by Walter Tevis

One of the best things that’s happened to me recently is discovering the writing of Walter Tevis. I’ve lost count of the number of fantastic authors I’ve read over the years but Tevis has to come near the top of the list of Best Writers. Born in 1928, Tevis was an American novelist and short…… Continue reading Book Blog: Mockingbird by Walter Tevis

5 characters in search of a reader

Meet celebrity biographer Nigel Lush, WW1 veteran Leonard Stidges, Sir Maurice and Lady Brearley of the Budeholme Estate, and campaigning journalist, Arnie Stidges. Five characters from Michael Murray’s epic novel, Magnificent Britain. Nigel Lush “As a biographer he’d always had an uneasy relationship with the truth.” Part One of Magnificent Britain is set in 1971.…… Continue reading 5 characters in search of a reader

Book Blog: The Dig by John Preston

This was another novel I read after watching a filmed dramatisation on Netflix. (See The Queen’s Gambit previously.) It’s an historical novel set on the eve of World War Two. The action takes place at the site of the famous archaeological dig at Sutton Hoo. The author, John Preston, is a journalist who discovered that…… Continue reading Book Blog: The Dig by John Preston

Book Blog: Zennor in Darkness by Helen Dunmore

I recently finished reading Helen Dunmore’s first novel, Zennor in Darkness. Published in 1993, the book won the McKitterick Prize the following year. Zennor in Darkness is a World War One novel set in Cornwall. Essentially a love story between Clare Coyne and her cousin John, there’s also a fascinating sub-plot based on the true-life…… Continue reading Book Blog: Zennor in Darkness by Helen Dunmore

Have you read Magnificent Britain by Michael Murray?

The likelihood of you finding “Magnificent Britain” by Michael Murray from a random search of the Kindle Store isn’t great. So I’ve written this post to help you. “Magnificent Britain” was the first ebook Michael (my husband) and I published with Kindle Direct and that was back in 2012 at the start of the ebook…… Continue reading Have you read Magnificent Britain by Michael Murray?