VICKY’S MUSINGS

Always Remember 5th November

I’ll be at The NZ Book Festival on Saturday 5th November at the Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, with my historical novels: The Girl from County Clare / The Cornish Knot / The Disenchanted Soldier / The Art of Secrets I’m looking forward to seeing you there. Do stop by and have a chat and please ask me about my current work-in-progress: Set in Karangahape Road in …

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Best review for a story of survival and hope

A chance meeting aboard our cruise ship with an Irishman from Australia has resulted in this wonderful review of ‘The Girl from County Clare’. I am filled with gratitude that he enjoyed the story so much that he took the time to write and publish this in-depth review in The Irish Echo, a Sydney newspaper for ex-pats. Describing the book …

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Happiness is searching the annals of time

I must be writing another book – there is no other explanation for getting buried in the past, which, at best, is a solitary task, and at worst is downright anti-social. But I’m happy. That must count for something. Any genealogist, historian and writer will relate to my search, digging deeper and deeper into history to find just the right …

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The Lilt of Irish Laughter

Ireland – the land of song, of sadness and joy: the land where people have survived the worst and can still laugh at themselves. There is something about the Irish spirit that is infectious. We have just left Cobh (pronounced Cove) in the south of Ireland. It was the last port of call for the Titanic on its fatal voyage, …

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Go Set a Watchman reading challenge

I am currently reading ‘Go Set a Watchman’ by Harper Lee, as part of an onboard Book Club challenge. Later in the voyage, we will be discussing the book. I’ll be very interested in what other people have to say. So far, a mere three chapters into the book, she certainly has a distinct voice and the characters are coming …

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