Sale starts today

I’ve had a huge amount on my plate recently, particularly in sprucing up the house and garden as we have put our property up for sale, but thought I would pop in today to say “Hello, hope you are all well and happy,” and to announce that from today, Saturday 29th June, for the next five days my latest book is available for free download from your local Amazon.

It has already collected 16 spiffing reviews since it was published last month.

If you would like to take advantage of this promotional offer, just skip along to Amazon and help yourself, and I hope you’ll enjoy the read.

Reviews so far on





8 thoughts on “Sale starts today

  1. I’d meant to download it before…but to expiate my sin of omission I have put up a review on Amazon UK…which may or may not, given my IT skills, one day be visible.

    Your book shook me….I too grew up in the age where things were not discussed – except in behind the hand murmurs – and the damage that that does is incalulable.
    I’m not in favour of the current trend of asking childrens’ views on any and everything, but the way in which you were kept second guessing on what was expected of you was dreadful.
    A child is quite capable of understanding things clearly explained….but not capable of coping with a fog of mystery in an unknowable context.
    To the extent that now, today, you want to say you are sorry….except to Nan, why would you want to do that were you not, as I am, a product of that age where discretion became an inefficient fire blanket and left the embers of guilt lying at the wrong doors?

    Your descriptions of life in Kenya zing.
    My husband, tracing his parents’ life in the then Belgian Congo, and then visiting South Africa and Rhodesia, says he can see it all again through your eyes.

    • Thank you so much for a great review, Helen.

      They were strange times, and it was so unpleasant and unsettling knowing that something was wrong, but not knowing what. It’s hard to shake off feelings of inadequacy and being a nuisance when you have lived so long being made to feel so. But hey ho – it was long ago, one has to move on somehow.

      The downside of having lived in Africa is that it gets into your blood and there is always a part of you that yearns for it, even when you know there is no going back.

      Wouldn’t have liked to be in the Congo in the 60s. I remember the flood of refugees pouring into Kenya, bewildered and beggared.

  2. Thank you so much Susie, I love a good sale and look forward to reading. I really enjoyed Swallows & Robins, which I read this past winter. Hope you and your husband are well, and having a good summer. Take care, Jane

    • Thank you, Jane. I hope you’ll enjoy it and glad that Swallows and Robins entertained you. We are both fine, summer has been late coming, and the weather is still unsettled but getting better. 🙂

  3. A year has almost gone by since your wonderful book went on sale and Ive just downloaded it. I too grew up in Africa, Southern Rhodesia/Zimbabwe to be specific. We emigrated in 1952 when I was 4 and you have put into words so many of my own memories. Also memories of the lives of friends I had or girls I knew. Bittersweet memories of the trials of childhood and the choices we made. Thank you!

    • Thank you Christine. I wonder if when you emigrated, you travelled on the Union Castle line? Once you’ve lived in Africa, you can never get it out of your heart and mind, can you? I think we were so lucky to have that experience, the good and the bad.

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