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My first novel...

I am so excited about my first novel which launched on 20 August. 

Given Lives is available as both an ebook and a paperback via your favourite Amazon store. 

Paperbacks are available to purchase directly from me if you are in South Africa

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Plague ravages the English capital, London.

Thousands are left dead.

In the Derbyshire village of Eyam, 160 miles north of the London tragedies, Kitty Allenby is settling into country life. Encouraged by her Aunt Anne and Uncle Robert, she is excited for the year ahead.

That is until a stranger arrives from London, bringing a parcel of cloth for the local tailor – cloth infested with plague-carrying fleas.

Within weeks, Eyam is under siege.

By spring 1666, drastic action is needed to contain the spread of disease. What can be done?

The Reverend William Mompesson thinks he knows. For his plan to succeed, Mompesson will need the co-operation of the whole community, including his predecessor and rival, Thomas Stanley.

Will the two men be able to put aside the deep mistrust of one another for the sake of the people they are called to serve? How will the doomed villagers respond?

And what of Kitty? Can she learn to love a community not her own, perhaps paying the ultimate price alongside strangers she barely knows?

Based on true events, Given Lives is a story of bravery and sacrifice, of love that laid itself down for the sake of others. It is a whisper through time to each of us confronted by a modern plague, the global Covid 19 pandemic. Will we attune our ears and listen?

Party time!

I'm so glad that our current COVID situation allows us to meet together, albeit in small numbers! On Saturday 21 August I was able to hold an in-person book launch and signing at City Life Church. 

And although you maybe weren't able to be there yourself, you can still get into the party spirit right here! Browse the photo gallery and watch the videos I created especially for the event.

Did you know that the nursery rhyme sung here by two friends of mine, Ring o Rosies, is about the plague?

A ring a ring o rosies - this describes the rash that broke out on a sufferer's body

A pocketful of posies - a handkerchief of sweet-smelling flowers and perfumes was used to both ward off disease and hide the smell of death and decay

A tissue, a tissue - another symptom of the plague was sneezing

We all fall down - the ultimate end of many plague sufferers was death.

Watch this interview with Joan Plant and find out why her involvement with Given Lives has meant so much to me!

Read all about it ...

Read the story behind the story by following my blog posts. I'll be sharing how I came to write this particular book at this particular time, and how it fits in with a wider series I'm developing.