Retirement merely heralded a change of direction and I began writing books about the lives of the women in my mother's family tree: twenty-one women means twenty-one books - the mothers, the daughters and the daughters-in-law, all with husbands and families and stories to tell.
The first book "The Pearl of France" is about Marguerite of France who, in 1299, married Edward I as his second wife. The last book will be about my mother, Kathleen Bainbridge who married my father, Francis Newark, in 1934. Some of the stories will break your heart, others will make you smile. Many of these women faced unimaginable hardship, danger and loss, while others schemed and plotted to get what they wanted. There were forced marriages and torrid love affairs, women who were betrayed by their husbands and others with long and happy marriages.
Today I live in Somerset, in my house with roses just outside the door, together with my husband, Richard, and our faithful border collie, Pip.
What do I like doing now in my spare time? Walking, reading, doing crosswords and eating mint chocolate.