Synopsis of Tragedy at Bawley Bay

Christmas Day morning 1866: Jane Waterford waits to be removed to the City of London Lunatic Asylum. Days earlier, a mysterious woman had arrived in Jane’s home town on the River Thames, unnerving Jane’s lover, the melancholy Kathryn Lawton. Amidst her own rising terror and growing fears for Kathryn’s safety, Jane is desperate to discover the stranger’s identity. What is her claim on Kathryn and how is she connected to a tragic accident at Bawley Bay fifty years earlier? As Jane becomes increasingly alarmed that the calamity will be repeated, she is ensnared by a crime that will change her life forever.

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Meet the Author at Warwick Books on Thursday November 2, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Warwick Books in the Market Place

You are invited to a ‘Meet the Author’ event being hosted by Warwick Books at which I shall be reading from Tragedy at Bawley Bay and talking about aspects of its historical background.

Tickets £5 including drinks and nibbles.

To buy tickets please either visit or telephone Warwick Books between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

Warwick Books: 24 Market Place, Warwick, CV34 4SL

Telephone: 01926 49 99 39

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Beyond the Novella


In these ‘Beyond the Novella’ blogs I shall be describing how the setting of Tragedy at Bawley Bay was inspired by the history of Gravesend in the nineteenth-century and by its location on the River Thames. I will also write about the novella’s literary connections and how it draws upon both lesbian and women’s history.

I hope you enjoy reading the blog.

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