I also visited Tooting while I was in London; my latest book due out this year is called Tooting Moon.
After London I flew to Sicily to practise my Italian skills. My clumsy attempts at speaking Italian were met with kindness and patience by the Sicilians. Such lovely people.
With my friends Judy and Ian from Melbourne I visited many wonderful places in Sicily. Below is a picture of me in the exquisite public garden of Taormina. English noblewoman Florence Trevelyan, who was apparently banished from Britain in the 1880s for having an affair with Prince Edward VII (eldest son of Queen Victoria), established the garden. It is situated on a terrace overlooking the sea with views of Mt. Etna and featuring extraordinary Victorian follies and luxuriant shrubs and trees. More about my overseas trip HERE.
Melbourne to Swan Hill is a drive of just over 3.5 hours which gave me the opportunity to listen to the audio edition of Whisper My Secret. I had listened to some of it before but this was the first time I’d listened to the complete book. The narration by Cat Gould is fabulous. She really brings the 'characters' to life.
Once in Swan Hill I was warmly welcomed by members of the local book club in the dining room at Burrabliss Luxury Bed and Breakfast where I was staying as a guest of the hosts, Tricia and Bruce Pollard. I enjoyed an enormously stimulating evening with good food, excellent wine and thoughtful discussion.
JB ...Until next time.
Photograph credits: John Sage (Scotland Yard) and Ian Wilson (Taormina).