My next novel

My memoir, Sunlight on the Garden, ends on the battlefields of the Somme, in my search to find a lost great-uncle.

My novel
The Return of Captain John Emmett, although set in 1921, has a plot which looks back to events of the Great War; its sequel, The Strange Fate of Kitty Easton, is only located six years after the armistice.

Now I am beginning to write my third novel,
The First of July, which will be centred on four lives crossing on a single day in 1916 — the opening day of the Battle of the Somme.

On that day alone, the British sustained nearly 60,000 casualties. It was the worst-ever day for military losses, and a turning point not only in the lives of tens of thousands of people but in the way war would be seen, as the horror of modern warfare stood revealed.

The First of July was the day glory died forever. But courage lived on.

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