Thank you to 'My Cornwall Magazine' for their review of my spy thriller Break in Communication. It's in the February / March 2016 edition.
I'm delighted to say that my spy thriller Break in Communication is now on sale at the Porthcurno Telegraph Museum book shop. Thanks to Sue Chappell for her help and support in making this happen.
The main plot is set around a Nazi raid on the Telegraph Station so hopefully visitors will get inspired by their visit to the underground museum (I certainly did) and then see the book on sale!
If you find yourself in London on a rainy day you might want to visit the Churchill War Rooms in SW1A 2AQ. This was his nerve centre during WW2. If you do go please either book or go early, it's very popular. It evokes a time of espionage, double-cross and stoicism. When I visited I expected to see Churchill walk around the corner at any moment! This is where I introduce Lucy in my spy thriller Break in Communication.
In my WW2 spy thriller Break in Communication the Germans plan to send the mighty Battleship Tirpitz to Northern Norway to attack the Arctic Convoys. The Allies were sending essential military supplies to Russia enabling them to reinforce the Eastern Front. The Germans were intent on stopping this.
In Chapter 18 the Norwegian Resistance spy on the newly constructed refuelling facilities in Faettenfjord and Beitstadfjord both off-shoots of Trondheim Fjord. This I based up on true events and the picture below shows the mighty Battleship Tirpitz in Faettenfjord in 1942.
Penzance is the location in Break in Communication where Clara Chenoweth was shopping in the days before Christmas 1940 and the Germans bombed the railway station. Today we find it hard to imagine that they bombed this beautiful town and many others along the south coast of England.
One WW2 memory comes from Glenys Goldsworthy who was aged 11 at the time. "We were walking along by Penzance railway station and heard the drone of a plane. We looked up and saw what I thought were leaflets falling down. Next thing a soldier came running out of the public house opposite the station and pulled me and my sister inside saying, 'Quick, they are bombs!' and sure enough they were!"
Clara had a close shave but Glenys and her sister had a real-life one!!! The inside of the station hasn't changed much from this old photo.
My WW2 spy thriller Break in Communication is set around Porthcurno Telegraph Station. In the book the escape tunnel that the German commandoes tried to access really does exist and you can climb the steps to a lookout point with beautiful views of the Porthcurno valley. The lookout is where I imagined the sandbagged gun emplacement that was attacked at the start of the action.
If you're on holiday in West Cornwall this summer a trip to the Porthcurno Telegraph Museum is a must. The kids will love it, and you can buy a copy of Break in Communication in the shop as well!
My first history book, Mud, Blood and Bayonet is due to be 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.