Yesterday I was sent these two reviews which were written by a man who recently purchased some books from Dernier Publishing.

He wrote:-

“I want to be an Airline Pilot”

This was an intriguing and delightful tale of an orphaned family which was written with great compassion. The hero, Shema, and the lady that rescued him, Mama Grace, their fears and emotions were very well portrayed. Again, the story was fast moving and full of local interest.


“The Birthday Shoes”


I greatly enjoyed this. It showed a first hand knowledge of Africa. It was easy to identify with Emily Jane and her growing understanding of the difficult circumstances faced by African children. The growing spiritual perception of her friend, Jenna, was convincing. The twists and turns in the story kept it moving forward at a lively pace.”


I was encouraged to read these comments. I always get a lot of joy when people, (adults as well as children) have enjoyed what I have written.  Don’t forget that books make wonderful Christmas presents!




Mary Berry’s story. If you didn’t see this programme on BBC2 last evening, you might like to catch up on i-player. It was fascinating to me because she attended the same school as I did, though 6 years earlier. There were lovely shots of the school and teachers. The uniform was the same! Mary after contracting polio as in the Bath and Wessex Orthopaedic Hospital for some weeks, where I also was a patient for several months. It was great to see so many places which reminded me of my childhood. I was always inspired by my history teacher, Miss Ireland, and loved reading books about times long ago. I have 3 historical stories due for publication next year, which I hope everyone will enjoy.