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Palestine: the forgotten campaign

When we think of the First World War, various images come to mind, and various names haunt the fringes of our collective memory. We may see the hellish mud of Passchendaele, or the gas clouds of Second Ypres, or remember … Continue reading

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GUEST BLOG: SALLY LAUGHLIN

Hi Folks: I have never had a guest blogger before, so I thought I would start with a good one! For those of you who have not yet discovered her, Sally Laughlin is from the USA. Her last book Fly … Continue reading

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In this week in Scottish history

07 February 1603: Battle of Glenfruin. After a raid by MacGregors into Luss, a body of Colquhoun women showed the bloodstained shirts of their slain men to King James VI, who authorised reprisals. The MacGregors struck first, killing scores of … Continue reading

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On this day in Scottish history

06 January 1865 Surrounded on three sides by water, and with a host of dependant islands, Scotland was always a maritime nation. But while the sea provided food, trade and jobs, it took a cruel toll of those who used … Continue reading

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Sergeant Mendick and the themes and influences of Victorian crime novels

Many years ago I read about a ship named Madagascar. According to the story, this vessel was a¬†clipper that was pirated by her own crew. The loyal hands were murdered and there was rape and pillage. A bit like Treasure … Continue reading

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When Inspiration Knocks

It has been said that any book is ten per cent inspiration and ninety per cent perspiration, but without that initial spark of something, any written work is¬†drudgery. It is that ten per cent that gives the writer a chance … Continue reading

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How does one feel after writing a book?

It is a strange mixture of emotions. On one hand there is elation that a piece of work is completed; on the other there is a sense of loss. Last night I sent my latest effort to a publisher: Fort … Continue reading

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