In my WW2 spy thriller, Break in Communication, the first chapter introduces the Nazi Agent at Bristol Temple Meads Station. This iconic station designed by British engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel opened on 31 August 1840 as the western terminus of the Great Western Railway from London Paddington. Being strategically located it soon became a hub for railway lines to the Midlands, South Wales and Southwest England.
Today Temple Meads Station is among the busiest and fastest g...rowing rail interchanges in the country. The line from Paddington is being electrified and by 2020 it is projected to handle some 15 million passengers a year.
The remodelled Temple Meads Station will be the at the centre of a new £800 million Bristol Enterprise Zone, which will include a 12,000 seat arena, retail outlets, hotels and housing. What a difference to when the Nazi Agent caught the 4.15 pm to Penzance on a bitterly cold Monday 15th December 1941!
If you want to read the first chapter on line go to:
and double click the book cover. Enjoy.
For me one of the most enjoyable aspects of writing is the back ground research. With my next novel focussing on diamond smuggling I am learning about all things diamonds and came across a photo of this ultra rare violet diamond.
In 2015 they discovered a 9.17 carat rough diamond that has been cut to produce the 2.83 carat polished oval shaped gem, known as The Argyle Violet. It will be the centrepiece of the 2016 Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender.
If you want it you'll need to break out the piggy bank!!! The value per carat will likely be close to a world record.
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.