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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


We love the journey, more so because you have come along with us, many for the whole decade. Thank you for being part of our successful and growing film festival. We know that there is no festival without an audience, without eyes, ears and spirits attuned to life’s fascinating stories as told by talented documentary filmmakers. My personal thanks to the incredible HT2FF team for their energy and help; to Karen Arikian for her experience and talent for creative content; to our Advisory Board and Board members whose synergy combine to assure you a great festival experience. Let the celebrations begin.

Take 2: Hamptons International Documentary Film Festival



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Leonardo Da Vinci: Genius For All Ages


Photo of Elizabeth Friedman
Though few have heard of her, Elizabeth Friedman, like Alan Turing, broke the Enigma codes to expose a notorious Nazi spy rings and the cryptology methods that she and her husband, William Friedman, developed became the foundation for the work of the National Security Agency (NSA).

This Woman Is The Most Famous WW2 Codebreaker You’ve Never ...


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The Amazing Story Of The Knights Templar



My interview with Jim Hawkins of BBC Radio Shropshire in which I talked about my childhood, connections to this part of the world, my travelling with National Geographic and lots more.

BBC Radio Shropshire “The Cool Seat”