BOOK REVIEW in Saturday’s West Australian


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In his review on Page Turners (West Weekend magazine in the West Australian newspaper Saturday 25 April) William Yeoman said that my novel, The Green Velvet Dress, is ‘Perfect for book club’ and is ‘intelligent rural romance.’

I am very excited to have such a positive review and invite you to please read it all here if you missed Saturday’s edition.


Victoria Mizen Library Presentations


Last Tuesday, 14th April, the Library at Albany in Western Australia invited me to speak about my novel, ‘The Green Velvet Dress’ to an audience of twenty three interested and responsive guests. Wine and tasty nibbles put everyone in the right mood, and my presentation went well.

I talked about my writing life, starting with stories my grandmother created and the imaginary friend who was my first character in stories I told myself from the age of three or four.Continue reading


After our trip to Honfleur we ate dinner then walked around the town where our ship was moored at Caudebec-en-Caux.P1020350 (640x480)

The church was the largest building; DSC02506 (640x425)stone carvings, many of them minus heads and  crumbling, filled every niche in the external walls.



Most P1020357 (640x480) of the houses though, were elegant and well maintained. Water ran along a channel which was actually a drain, but, in true French style had been turned into a thing of beauty, with baskets of flowers and branches of weeping trees, decorating the stone walls.


On the way back to our ship we stopped to admire and photograph the cute garden figures in the window of the Corner Flower Shop.

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On Saturday, 7th June, we arrived at Caudebec en Caux, another quaint town which we explored that evening, but first there was a bus trip to Honfleur. Along the way the style of architecture changed to that typical of Normandy—

P1020239 (640x408)steep slate roofs with small dormer windows and timber slats on walls.

The countryside was lush and cattle, no doubt producing the milk for Normandy’s famous cheeses—Camembert and Pont L’Eveque being two of my favourites—looked very contented.


Arriving in Honfleur, we could see that this was a working fishing port, as well as a pretty tourist town. DSC02467 (425x640)Fishing nets hanging over timber rails were not just decorative, although they did provide some interesting photos. On one side of the harbor, where we left the buses, fishing boats were lined up and men wearing work clothes attended to their nets, engines and whatever else fishermen need to do. P1020285 (640x480)Hundreds of pleasure boats were also moored here and all around the harbor.

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