My working life encompassed forty years of being a librarian, mostly working with young people, so books have been my life, ever since I first stepped into a library and found a magical treasure trove.

My other love is social history and before I retired I got hooked on family history and discovered stories that deserve to be told.

My first book, Search for the Light, tells the story of female convicts being transported to Van Diemen’s Land in the 1820s. The idea came when I visited the amazing Port Arthur Convict site in Tasmania and was then invited to volunteer as a researcher for the Female Convict’s Research Group, based in Hobart. My job was to trace the story of every woman sent out on the convict ship, Henry, which included my husband’s three times great grandmother. In order to survive the ordeal of being separated from loved ones, working in a colony where men outnumbered women by ten to one, a woman had to be tough. I found myself enthralled by their stories and hope I have given a flavour of those times to my readers.

My second book, “The Digger’s Daughter,” follows the family into the goldfields of Victoria, which, I discovered, was akin to the Wild West. It’s all there: bushfires, bushrangers, gold fever, and rebellion against unreasonable authority.

I hope to start the third book in the series in the autumn of 2017. Meanwhile my third book, Ranter’s Wharf is due out on April 30th 2017. It is another family saga taking place in the first half of the19th century, amidst tumultuous and radical times. The book is set in a forgotten, rural corner of England, North East Lincolnshire.

Both books are available on Amazon (in Kindle and Paperback):

Click here to view Search for the Light

Click here to The Digger’s Daughter

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