September is one of my favourite months – it’s reminiscent of going back to school with a new blazer, blank exercise books and sharpened pencils. This song conveys the sense of resolve and purpose I always feel around this time of year. Just as the new term begins, so my speaking schedule starts up again
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Out now. A heartwarming yet gritty tale of love, work and friendship set in Birmingham’s best-loved chocolate factory during The Great War.
After marrying Bill, housewife Jessie thought she’d left the Cadbury chocolate factory at Bournville for good. But money problems force her to return to work to make ends meet. Before long, her marriage is tested to breaking point.
"A very human story ... I couldn't put it down."
COMFORTS FOR THE TROOPS. Available in paperback and eBook.
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Beatrice Cadbury grew up with all the privileges money could buy. But the First World War ignited her sense of injustice, and being a ‘have’ in a world of ‘have-nots’ was troubling. In 1920 she decided to ‘give back’ all the Cadbury shares she had inherited to the Bournville factory workers … with unexpected consequences.
"A gripping story and surprisingly contemporary."
BEATRICE THE CADBURY HEIRESS WHO GAVE AWAY HER FORTUNE. Available in paperback and eBook.
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A nice surprise … I was at home last Saturday morning idly wondering about flicking a duster round the place whilst texting Peter to wish him luck with his IATEFL conference talk – this year in our home town of Birmingham, UK. I had a text back from him with some unexpected but rather lovely