Sunday, 4 December 2016

A brand new website!

With the upcoming publication of The Girl from Simon's Bay, I'm delighted to be relaunching my website

After all, a new book is surely a good time for a refresh!

Website design has certainly moved on from when we set up my original site four years ago. Instead of a static page, I can now include a set of revolving photographs as a backdrop, for instance. And I can add more links to the research I've done and the places that feature in the books. The website is now "dynamic" (!) in that it will squeeze itself onto the smallest phone without losing content, or expand to fill your large desktop screen. Progress! And, hopefully, a more appealing layout. Let me know what you think.

In addition to the smart new features, I've revamped the existing material that described The Housemaid's Daughter, and included lots of new content about the background and inspiration for The Girl from Simon's Bay. The new novel is set in Simon's Town, the naval base at the foot of the Cape peninsula in South Africa. There are photos of the bay and the mountains, there is background to the 4 ships that feature so strongly in the book, and I've given a taste of the wartime royal navy town that's at the heart of the story. It's a world that nurtures - yet sometimes turns away from - the Girl in the title...
So do take a look, especially if you plan to read the book. It will offer a private view behind the scenes!

The Girl from Simon's Bay will be published in paperback on the 19th January 2017 in the UK and South Africa, with the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand to follow in Feb/March. But remember that the book will available worldwide, on 19th Jan, as an ebook for Kindle, iPad and other ereaders.
Don't miss it!

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