Writing Sanctuary:- Some of the ideas that inspired this book came from events that were recorded from places I had visited whilst on holiday with my family. The story of the ship 'The Royal Charter' was one such example. This was a ship that sailed all the way from Australia only to sink in a storm off the coast of Anglesey in 1859. The fact that exactly one hundred years later another ship was wrecked in the same bay seemed to me to be a strange coincidence.
On a visit to Cornwall I was surprised to read about two brothers who were hanged from the walls of Bodmin Jail in 1840 for killing a merchant. The brother of the victim, who was aboard a ship thousands of miles away, had a premonition in which he foresaw the murder and wrote about it in the ship's log. On his return to England his worst fears were realised.
These occurrences made me think that there were factors at work that were not generally recognised as scientific. They could be described as supernatural. Alternatively, they could be manifestations of super nature. Either way, similar themes are woven into the story. Although 'Sanctuary' is classified as historical fiction, there are many real places and events described. Themes that run through the story include, the search for meaning, the way that fate can interfere with intensions and examples of parallels where history appears to repeat itself.
Newly published on 28/11/2014, this book should appeal to those who like their history served with a touch of spice!
A very good read. Well written and if you know Cornwall you will appreciate the local research that has been done.
by Susan Sutton
A very rewarding and enjoyable read, blending mystery, history, romance and the role of fate and the supernatural. Skilfully written with a powerful descriptive narrative and an intriguing structure. Excellent.
by Mike Tyler
I was born in Manchester where I met my wife and married in 1970. We have three grown up daughters and eight grandchildren.
After completing a Certificate of Education course, I left my job in the Accounting Department of the North Western Gas Board to take up a post as a Lecturer at a College of Further Education in Birmingham. During this time I gained a B Phil(Ed) at Birmingham University.
I have always had an interest in unexplained mysteries, historical curiosities and esoteric matters. Using my touring caravan I have visited many interesting places (mainly in France and Cornwall) which have inspired my writing. North Cornwall is an important location in the book.
I hope that 'Sanctuary' is an exciting, interesting and thought provoking story. Enjoyable to read as an adventure as well as a portent.