• 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…