I’m Narrating The Godmother’s Secret Audio Book | Releases June 27

So I’m thrilled to say that Tantor Media has bought the rights to the audiobook for The Godmother’s Secret…and guess which one of us is narrating it! I passed the audition earlier this year, and have been busy in the studio, Reading Out Loud. Release date is June 27th! I’ll post an excerpt when post-production is done, but I have to say, it’s been quite an adventure. I hope you enjoy hearing Elysabeth’s story in my own voice—along with my rendition of Richard III!

Over a Thousand Items in The Lydiard Archives! Come and Have a Browse.

🎉 We’re celebrating a significant milestone! 🎉 ‘The Lydiard Archives has reached over 1,000 groups of items!  Documenting the thousand-year history of Lydiard House, Park and surrounding areas, we have photos, maps, newspaper cuttings, postcards, reports, watercolours, portraits, artefacts, jewellery, diaries and so much more!  When I first started seriously researching and writing The Lydiard Chronicles ten years ago, all of the Lydiard papers were scattered between various historical organisations, history centres, filing cabinets, storage cupboards and attics. Now, we’re such a long way into digitising and curating these precious items, giving free access for everyone to enjoy now and in future generations. Writing The Godmother’s Secret was certainly a whole lot easier because of The Lydiard Archives. A huge thank you to The Friends of Lydiard Park who undertook the funding of this vital task, and all the partners who worked so hard to locate and digitise assets, including Swindon Borough Council and The Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre. Do come and explore for yourself! The Lydiard Archives

The Lady of the Tower | Historic Heroine Talk

I’m excited about giving a talk to a local book club today – one of my favourite things to do. They’ve just read The Lady of the Tower, and I can’t wait to chat about their thoughts, explore what it was like to be a 17th Century woman, who lived in the Tower of London. Here’s a ZOOM lecture I gave in the middle of COVID as part of the Lydiard Friends Online Lecture Series, where I talk about researching and writing The Lady of the Tower.