• Jerries bombing in daylight!

    It was coming to the end of his lunch break. Guy had persuaded his fellow workers to join him outside the hanger as the sun was shining. They were always a bit more buoyant after a break and a sandwich and were having a quick game of footie with an old ball that Tommy had found. It felt good to run around for a bit. The foreman appeared at the door and Guy looked at his watch; there were a few minutes to go until they had to clock back in. But then he heard aircraft overhead. It was deafening; must have been really close. Jerries! Can’t be. Suddenly there…

  • The Changing Face of Food

    ‘It was Sunday and Molly had decided to follow a recipe for vegetable and oatmeal goulash which had appeared on one of the government information leaflets that had come through the door recently. It talked about ingenious ideas for fooling the taste buds and in this recipe a bit of paprika was meant to deceive you into thinking you were eating meat.’ An excerpt from my novel: The Disenchanted Hero. During WW2 food rationing was introduced as the government knew that it would be harder to import food. Foods like butter, meat, cheese, eggs, milk, tea, jam and even sweets were rationed!Most, like my character Molly, ‘dug for victory’ and…

  • 21st Woman has it all?

    In the recession of the 1930s it was not easy for women to work and only about 30% managed it. Of those nearly a third were in domestic service. The character in my latest novel, Molly Brooks, went into domestic service at the tender age of 15 out of necessity because her family fell on very difficult times. Her father fell ill and lost his shoe-making business which put him and Molly’s mother in the workhouse. Molly and her older brother, Joe, knew they had to get them out and so Molly took a huge risk and travelled from Truro in Cornwall up to London to take a position as…

  • The Disenchanted Hero by Gill Buchanan

    A Tribute to Molly

    Molly Hugh was an extraordinary woman and I’d like to remember her on this, International Women’s Day. In 1925 at the tender age of fifteen Molly and her sisters and one older brother were thrown out on the streets with their deaf and dumb parents. Father, Anthony, had become ill and his shoe-making business had fallen on hard times and in one fell swoop they had lost everything. But Molly was not someone to be easily beaten. She had already left school and was working in a local cake shop where she earned very little. She quickly realised she was going nowhere. It was down to her, as the oldest…