IMG_2307 BBC I am delighted to share this interview from yesterday’s BBC Midlands Today cultural correspondent, Satnam Rana. She and a cameraman came to my house in Herefordshire to film. Luckily, after a misty start, the weather was good enough to sit in the garden. I think you will agree […]

BBC Midlands Today Broadcast


IMG_2307 Introduction Chelsea Clinton was one of the stars of this year’s Hay Festival. So it was an honour and a pleasure to get to meet Chelsea Clinton and give her a dedicated copy of the book. She was there to promote her own book, Global Health, and I managed to […]

With Chelsea Clinton At The Hay Festival


Blogger alert! Today, my novel, The Very White of Love, became available on NetGalley.  This is 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.

The Very White Of Love Goes Live On NetGalley



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