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I’m starting an exciting new non-fiction project. Women’s Lives is a series of books to be published by Pen And Sword Books in 2018, to coincide with the centenary of women over the age of thirty being given the vote in the Representation Of The People Act.
One volume of Women’s Lives will be devoted to a single city in the United Kingdom. My family have strong ties with the city of Bristol, which go back hundreds of years. I was born a few miles away in a village which was then in the Somerset countryside but is now on the outskirts of the city. My first full-time job was in the Bristol offices of a life-assurance company, and after I married I went to work for Rolls-Royce Aero in Filton
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When I heard about the Pen And Sword project I was keen to get involved. I’ve been writing romance for a long time, but I started my writing career contributing non-fiction articles to newspapers and magazines. This was too good a chance to miss, so I’ve now started work on the Bristol edition of the series.
In writing Women’s Lives: Women of Bristol 1850-1950 I’ll be going back to my roots in a big way. It will mean spending a lot of time combing through the archives, but nothing beats a real-life anecdote.
Do you have any stories to share about life in the City of Bristol in the years before 1950?