Oradour-sur-Glane Tragedy

Twenty-two kilometres northwest of Limoges, in the heart of the Limousin countryside, the village of Oradour-sur-Glane minds its own business. The people run the shops, they farm the land and fish the lakes. After work they gather on the village square to share a drink, a game of cards or pétanque. Aproned housewives exchange gossip …

Finalist in Wishing Shelf Book Awards

Sometimes there is good book news … news that boosts a writer’s flailing confidence! Very happy to see my novel, Lake of Echoes is a finalist in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards. Read about all the FINALISTS HERE BUY a copy of Lake of Echoes, available in ebook and paperback from all the usual retailers. …

Lyon Light Festival

Black Plague Enlightened

The year is 1628. ‘Protect us from famine, war and plague, Seigneur,” cry the residents of Lyon, but their plea comes too late. The bubonic plague already crossed the Rhône River in August, terrifying the inhabitants and killing half of them. By 1643 they are desperate, and pray to the Virgin Mary to return good …

One Madame Nobody Wants to Meet!

Once dubbed the “National Razor” of France, Madame La Guillotine was the nickname Parisians gave to the device that beheaded their aristocratic French Revolution enemies, and which they held in great regard. In 1789, Dr. Joseph-Ignace Guillotin proposed to the French government that decapitation by this lightning-quick machine would be more humane than the much-botched …

Let Them Eat Cake

While this phrase might have been wrongly attributed to Queen Marie Antoinette during the French Revolution, she certainly was not high on the popularity stakes! The first important event I wanted to mark was the death of Marie Antoinette on 16th October, 1793. At 12h15, several weeks before her 38th birthday, she was guillotined on …