SILVER SLIPPERS

Mousey brown with fiery red potential, she could laugh, cry and make war without pausing to draw breath. The stuff of legend when gift-wrapped, for upon just merest glimpse it is said many a red-blooded cove’s fly buttons would hit the ceiling tout de suite. Unwrapped, in the blink of an eye she could freeze … More SILVER SLIPPERS

WELCOME TO THE DIVINE ‘CASINO EDEN’

Whether she was callously evicted from the playground of sterilized delights by an inflexible matchless landowner or left of her own considered volition was an uncertain irrelevance, for now at any rate. Those apathetic, ‘rolling in it’ nobs who came to know her cared not a solitary jot as to Eve’s why’s and wherefores’.   As … More WELCOME TO THE DIVINE ‘CASINO EDEN’

AN AUDIENCE WITH EVE

Locked in a time before the coming of crosscut saws, house bricks, chimney pots and tent pegs, living bereft of shelter and sustainable privacy in a grandiose garden in a promised land proved a little inconvenient yet just tolerable. Indeed, in advance of the necessity of fig leaf propriety, both day and night were in … More AN AUDIENCE WITH EVE

A WORLD WITHOUT MIRRORS

Her limbless alcoholic slurred-speech Russian grandfather spent his overdose of spare time playing Backgammon with the novice nurses who ran the makeshift field hospital during The Siege of Sevastopol. The orphan girl, Dasha who had traded a promising career sowing up holes in the woollen socks of sailors for vinegar and strips torn from her … More A WORLD WITHOUT MIRRORS

EARLY SUMMER 1952 – SUSSEX, ENGLAND

(artwork by Ted Giffin)  A fragment from within my new book, ‘Notoriously Naked Flames’. This piece is taken from near the beginning of the tale. The picture above, by artist Ted Giffin (www.tedgiffin.com) captures perfectly the look of my heroine as I perceived her.  EARLY SUMMER 1952 – SUSSEX, ENGLAND She examines her defenceless giant … More EARLY SUMMER 1952 – SUSSEX, ENGLAND