On 20 March 1912, the collier City of Cardiff was sailing to her home port from Le Havre. She tried to round Lands End in a severe gale and was forced back towards Porthcurno. Unfortunately for her the wind shifted and she was driven on to the rocks of Nanjizal Bay. All the crew, two wives and a two year old child were rescued by Breeches Buoy.
Nanjizal Bay is the setting for the German commando U-Boat landing and pick-up in my spy thriller Break in Communication. This does not have the same happy ending!!!
Thank you to Claire Yelland at CSM Association for promoting my new WW2 Spy Thriller Break in Communication in the March 2016 Newsletter.
Whilst researching the Du Toitspan Mine in South Africa for my second WW2 spy thriller The Imperative , I note that it produced the largest naturally formed octahedral diamond crystal in the world back in 1964. It is a 616 carat yellow crystal named The Kimberley Octahedral. The owners of the diamond, De Beers Consolidated Mines, who were aware of the rarity of this exceptional find decided to preserve it for the sake of posterity. The chances of finding a similar diamond of such enormous size is extremely remote. The diamond is exhibited in the "Diamond Vault" of the visitor’s centre at the 'Kimberley Big Hole', Kimberley, South Africa.
Thank you to Cornwall Today Magazine for promoting my new novel Break in Communication. This is a WW2 spy thriller set primarily around the village of Porthcurno near Lands End so has a strong Cornish theme.
My first military history book, Mud, Blood and Bayonet was released on 1 Jan 2018. It is a history of the 6th Dorsetshire Regiment in 1918, day by day, for them the bloodiest year of the war.