Blogger alert! Today, my novel, The Very White of Love, became available on NetGalley, another milestone on what has been a seven year journey from the first tentative sentences to publication on June 14th. So please do download a copy and write a review. Here’s a bit of background: A […]

The Very White Of Love Goes Live On NetGalley


I recently visited Whichert House, in Knotty Green, near Beaconsfield. This the house where Martin wrote many of the letters quoted in the book. He lived there with his Aunt Dorothy Preston, during the vacations from Oxford – and where Nancy spent a lot of time, during their whirlwind romance […]

Visit to Whichert House and Penn




After his mother’s death, Simon Worrall found a chocolate box full of letters in the attic telling the story of her love for Martin Preston. Nancy Whelan met Mr Preston when he was a student in Oxford in 1938 and the couple were in love and engaged to be married when the Second World War broke out. Mr Preston enlisted, travelling to Northern France in January 1940, but within a short time his letters stopped and he was never heard from again. The Second Lieutenant is thought to have died while manning a machine gun post in Hazebrouck, northern France.

Press For The Very White Of Love





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Welcome to the FB page for The Very White Of Love, a love story set in World War Two. The book is based on a true story, inspired by my discovery of a chocolate box full of love letters between my mother, Nancy, and her fiancé, Martin Preston, the nephew of the poet Robert Graves. I spent years piecing together the fictional narrative using these genuine letters to write what I hope is a timeless love story. After a whirlwind romance, Martin is sent to the battlefields of France in 1939, telling Nancy their love will keep them safe. Then one day, his letters stop. Nancy will do anything to find him, but will she unravel the mystery of his disappearance in time?

New FB Author Page For The Very White Of Love


The Very White of Love by Simon Worrall. Cover Image.
HQ will publish a “powerful love story” set during the Second World War, inspired by the author’s discovery of a chocolate box full of love letters between his mother and her fiancé. Charlotte Mursell, editor at the HarperCollins imprint, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to The Very White of Love by S C Worrall from Caspian Dennis at Abner Stein. It will be published in hardback, e-book and audio book on 14th June 2018.

Cover For The Very White Of Love


HQ will publish a “powerful love story” set during the Second World War, inspired by the author’s discovery of a chocolate box full of love letters between his mother and her fiancé. Charlotte Mursell, editor at the HarperCollins imprint, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to The Very White of Love by S C Worrall from Caspian Dennis at Abner Stein. It will be published in hardback, e-book and audio book on 14th June 2018. The story is based on the discovery of a chocolate box full of love letters written across the channel during the Second World War between Worrall’s mother, Nancy, and her fiancé, Martin Preston, a nephew of the poet Robert Graves. Despite his disappearance during the war, Nancy kept a photograph of him on her dressing table right up to her death. Worrall pieced together the fictional narrative using the letters resulting in a “heartbreaking and timeless love story”.

Press Release: The Very White Of Love



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As I was sorting through my mother’s possessions after her death in 2005, I found a battered, cardboard chocolate box at the bottom of her wardrobe. It was decorated with red roses and tied with a piece of red ribbon. Inside, I found bundles of faded love letters, tightly bound with string and fastened with tiny knots.These tear-stained letters inspired my novel The Very White Of Love.

The Very White Of Love: Update