You can read her story Tales my grandfather told me here.
Born and bred in Yorkshire I migrated south to Surrey for my education and teenage years. Embracing the Swinging Sixties with naïve enthusiasm I left College and trekked, alone, overland to Israel. By driving a tractor and picking oranges I earned my keep working and living on a small kibbutz. I was fortunate and managed to hitch-hike around the country visiting Haifa, Jerusalem and Acre. This amazing experience was the spark that ignited my lifelong love of adventure and travel.
Later, a small village in West Sussex became the family ‘base camp’ for thirty years as my Engineer husband took our family around the globe on British Government contracts. I have lost count of the number of homes I have had over the years, but my most memorable are those on St. Helena Island in the South Atlantic, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean.
Now, in my twilight years, I am dry-docked on the Isle of Wight surrounded by a loving family and four lively grandsons and I have the time and inclination to launch a series of books about my adventurous life. They prove that truth can indeed be far stranger than fiction. Erupting volcanoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, evacuations, abduction, drug smugglers, people smugglers, armed robbery, hangings, stowaways, bribery, corruption, political intrigues, riots, and much more.
My books can be found on Amazon.
‘High and Dry in the BVI’ chronicles my life in the British Virgin Islands in the 1970’s before the arrival of cruise ships, when the islands were the recreational retreat of America’s rich and famous.
‘Treefrogs Can’t Sing’ is the light-hearted story of my return to the British Virgin Islands several years later with two small children.
‘The Volcano, Montserrat and Me’ is a nail-biting description of three years living with a violent and unpredictable erupting volcano on the little Caribbean island of Montserrat.
‘The Countess, Napoleon and St Helena’ is a combination memoir of my own life on remote St Helena in parallel with an accurate historical portrayal (in diary form) of that of Countess Fanny Bertrand 1815-21, in particular her relationship with the exiled Napoleon Bonaparte. Researched from primary source manuscripts on island and unpublished documents held in the British Library.