The Wounded Snake, sequel to The Wounded Thorn, will be published in February 2019.


On the family history side:
We are hungry for details of our long-ago ancestors. I struck gold with Richard Tomlin of Deal. A stash of documents in the National Archives from the late 1600s revealed that he was the master of the hooker Friends Adventure,  that he was regularly commissioned by the Admiralty agent in Deal to carry documents about the ships at anchor there to the Fleet headquarters at the mouth of the Thames. He also carried cargo to and from ports around the coast of Kent. I can now begin to imagine his life.


I am also a keen family historian. I am researching my own family history, mostly in Devon and Kent, and my husband Jack Priestley’s ancestors, mainly in Lancashire and Yorkshire. Some lines go back more than 30 generations, from paupers to lords of the manor. I even know the village in Normandy one of my ancestors came from.



I am currently working on a book about the first English saints.