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Our Great British Bake Off

July 31, 2014

Bakes Cakes CoverA selection of 20 delicious recipes for authentic British cakes and bakes. These are vintage-style favourites – the sort you’d buy at a summer fete in an English village. Tried and tested, quick and easy to prepare, why not fill your cake tin with tempting homemade treats?

Recipes Include:
Chocolate Orange Cake
Lemon Drizzle Cake
Welsh Bara Brith
Victoria Sandwich
Double Chocolate Cake
Fruit Cake
Coffee and Walnut Cake
Madeira Cake
Cherry and Almond Cake
Banana Loaf
Fruit Scone Round
White Chocolate Tiffin
Custard Creams
Scottish Shortbread
Apricot and Honey Flapjacks
Chocolate Caramel Shortbread
Rock Cakes
Jammy Dodgers
White Chocolate and Raspberry Slice





The Snettisham Footpath

July 28, 2014

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Snettisham Footpath Victory!

July 27, 2014

It is always pleasing when people who have fought a hard and admirable campaign are rewarded with a deserved and stunning victory.

None more so than the campaigners at Snettisham in Norfolk who fought hard to regain a challenged footpath and have won.

Following the recent public inquiry, the government’s inspector has confirmed that the beach path at Snettisham is and always was a public right of way.

Congratulations to the Snettisham campaigners, to the incomparable John Trevelyan who put their case at the inquiry, and to the thousand plus people who went on the protest march a few months ago.

This has been a textbook campaign and should inspire others fighting to retain and regain precious public rights of way.

Our countryside and our right to access it has never been under such threat as we see today.

But we can fight back.

The Snettisham victory is incredibly good for the morale of everyone who loves to roam through our countryside and along our coast.

Snettisham Footpath Order Confirmed

July 26, 2014




Thrillers and mysteries

July 26, 2014

Taken from the Gaslight Crime blog at


The books are now available in paperback and on Kindle.


Following the success of A Seaside Mourning, – a new Inspector Abbs novella, set around Christmas in a lonely Norfolk village, will be published in the Autumn.  The events take place a month after the mystery in the first novel.

A full-length 1930s thriller, set in London and Scotland, will appear later this year, featuring a new set of characters in a desperate hunt for a man who threatens to bring chaos to the world.

And, yes, a new William Quest Victorian mystery will appear in the New Year.

We will put an announcement on the Gaslight Crime blog on publication day.

Thank you to everyone who has bought copies of A Seaside Mourning and The Shadow of William Quest. As a small publishing imprint, in direct competition with the major publishing houses, we appreciate your support.

Please do tell your friends about our publications and the Gaslight Crime blog.

A return to Glen Tilt

July 24, 2014

Readers of blogs passim will know of my fondness for Glen Tilt, that great pass in the hills easterly of Blair Atholl.Scotland 2014 023

A good one to explore, even in small stretches, particularly if you have a stinking cold, as I had as we set out from Bridge of Tilt.

A hot and humid day, though there was a short sharp shower as we walked the track to Gilbert’s Bridge.

The rifle range was very busy that morning, as we walked parallel to the firing line. A sharp crack and then the echo reverberated up the glen and back again.  A bit like being sniped.Scotland 2014 025Scotland 2014 015

There were still the fresh green leaves on some of the trees, that freshness that had already passed over in England. The river Tilt dark and brown amongst its rocks.

And best at that lovely stand of beech trees at Gilbert’s Bridge. My thoughts went back to other longer roaming in this glen.

I was there doing research for the conclusion of my new novel, a thriller set in the 1930s which has its conclusion in the Highlands. The hero is a hillwalker and stravaiger in his spare time. It will be out by the end of the year.

So often what I write comes from landscapes I know.

After a drink at the Blair Atholl hotel we drove back to Pitlochry – seeing a Pine Marten on the way.

Lake District Scorchio!

July 23, 2014

Lake District – Scorchio!


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