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Book Review: The Levelling Sea, by Philip Marsden

  The Levelling Sea tells the history of Falmouth, through its rise in importance as a haven for ships in the Great Age of Sail, fading from glory as steam took its place in the evolution of international travel.  The… Continue Reading →

Book Review: Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

  Caleb’s Crossing tells the story of a young man, Caleb Cheeshahteaumauk, from Martha’s Vineyard who, in 1665, was the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. It is narrated through the eyes of Bethia Mayfield, the daughter of… Continue Reading →

The language of rain

I am a self-confessed weather geek.  All matters meteorological fascinate me.  My sister teases me about my daily habit of checking the weather, even when it makes no difference to what I’m doing.  Today, for example, I shall be mostly… Continue Reading →

A geographer’s paradise

  Oh, I love a coincide. Last year I wrote a short story, a historical fiction in its truest sense, about Columbus’s voyage in search of a new route to the East, by going West.  The story was told from… Continue Reading →

Book Review: Pompeii, Robert Harris

Harris’ novel tells the story of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, the volcano that destroyed the city of Pompeii, through the experiences of Marcus Attilus, the aquarius (or engineer) of the Aqua Augustus.  The aqueduct has failed, and his predecessor,… Continue Reading →

The writing shrine

  In the collected wisdom from my creative writing course/book habit, there is often mention of the writing space.  The place that is yours, where you go to be inspired and where words flow freely, and you feel the joy… Continue Reading →

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