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Lady Jane Under Fire The Lady Jane’s map room was a scene of frantic searching. David James had searched high and low for a map or simply any information on shallows and rock formations to the port of Lüderitz, but to no avail. Eventually Blackmore and George Nance had joined the search, but they too […]

It’s been about three months since I wrote and published the latest chapter in The Brittle Sea and this isn’t due to writer’s block or running out of ideas. This is purely due to my own personal drama unfolding since the beginning of Autumn. One of my two springer spaniels, the ‘H’ Team, was taken […]

In December 1917 the Great War had been raging since 1914 and many lives had been lost in combat on both sides. In the period coming up to Christmas that year, French soldiers were travelling back from fighting in Italy and attempting to go home. Travel was difficult in the Alps at the best of […]

Technology in the early part of the 20th Century was a new and wondrous experience for many people. But the infancy of any technological expansion will inevitably lead to human error, often with catastrophic and deadly consequences. The Paris Métro fire of 1903 also known as the Couronnes disaster, after the station where most deaths […]

Ballantine Learns the Truth. It had taken Harker weeks of enquiries, bribes and threats, to find his quarry and his tireless work and diligence had finally paid off. Having confirmed a few weeks ago that Magda, or rather Maggie, was living with Mary James, Harker had started wondering about why she had moved from Blackmore’s […]

A Box of Tricks. For Maggie, life was hard enough being pregnant. But being a pregnant woman who is also an amnesiac, unmarried and living in someone else’s home was becoming intolerable. Not that she was ungrateful to Mary James for taking her in. She knew she had a true friend in Mary and that […]

Harker’s Search. “What do you mean you don’t know where she is? Don’t tell me you’ve lost her? How can you lose a person? You should have brought her to me at once, instead of playing this cat and mouse game… you… you…” Ballantine’s anger and agitation were palpable. Harker on the other hand stood […]

Storm Warning. The sinking of the Titanic had demonstrated to the world and the world’s sailors that the new invention of telegraphic communication was going to save many lives. What wasn’t known at the time was that communications between vessels in distress at sea were hap-hazard affairs, with more emphasis on pleasing passengers by sending […]

The Days Grow Longer. Four weeks on from the departure of the Lady Jane and Maggie had grown a little accustomed to her new daily routine without Richard. There was little to keep her occupied, so she made almost daily trips to a small library where she would sit engrossed in stories of Greek Heroes […]

A Parting of the Ways. Richard Blackmore was once more subservient to Gordon Bellagon’s wishes. He was pacing on the dock at the foot of the Arabia’s gangway, impatiently waiting for his erstwhile engineer to allow him on-board. At Bellagon’s insistence, Blackmore was to apologise for his treatment of Bellagon’s nephew. It had been a […]