“The Meon Valley Railway – friendly, pleasurable, beautiful”

Today, I'm reposting a blog I wrote for the History Girls a few months ago. This blog follows on from the one I posted here last month about the literary and historical associations of the route of the long defunct Meon Valley Railway. Today, I am relating a little more about the railway itself, and the …

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“A lovely country, rich in literary and historical associations”

For today’s blog, I am reposting a piece I wrote for The History Girls blog back in September 2018. I have already written about the long defunct Meon Valley Railway (MVR), a feature of this lovely part of Hampshire that is often part of my daily walk, together with the River Meon itself and the remnants of …

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Σηκωματα, mensa ponderaria, mesures à grains…

This piece was first posted on The History Girls blog in August 2018. For today’s post, I thought I would again write about something different from my usual histories of the Meon Valley. We spend some time every year – and have done for the past thirty or so years – in south-east France, in the …

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The positive side of “bad” reviews

I have received some splendid reviews of Fortune’s Wheel and A Woman’s Lot, and of course I’m always thrilled when people say complimentary things about my writing. This is particularly the case when they mention how authentic the world of Meonbridge seemed, or how invested they felt in the characters. “It’s a great tribute to …

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One fisherman, two saints, and three politicians…

This post was first written for The History Girls blog. I have really been enjoying finding out about the villages of Hampshire’s Meon Valley, in order to share something of their history, introduce a few of the people associated with them, and reveal some of the treasures held within their buildings. Even though I know …

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