I am a crime writer, mostly 'cozy' crime but also some psychological thrillers. There are two sets - Cleo Marjoribanks Mysteries (set mostly in the New Forest) and The South Downs Murder Mysteries. There are also some stand alone novels. They are all on Kindle - if you don't have one, get the Kindle APP!
I am also an international travel writer so some of my blogs are about my travel.
I hope you buy lots of my books, enjoy them and enjoy my blogs.
Thursday, 18 May 2017
A FAVOURITE AUNT
Many years ago I saw a programme
on television about women in the 1960s who had left their husbands. A very
brave thing to do when the only 'Right' a woman in England had was the vote.
There was something called the Married Women's Property Act which said women
were entitled to 50% of the couple's 'property' but had to prove their had
contributed 50% to the household. Bearing in mind that many married women
didn't go out to work - or whose wages were miniscule - it was impossible to
prove they had contributed 50%.
For a woman without children
things were 'reasonably' simple to leave an abusive husband as she only had to
fend for herself. But if there were children and the wife took them it was a
whole other ball game.
In the television programme it
was revealed that some of the women who took their children were subsequently
deprived of them - either into care or custody was given to the husband. Many
of these women ended up turning to drink and cigarettes and some,
unfortunately, committed suicide. A few battled through and survived.
'A Favourite Aunt' is a novella
about one of the survivors. Christina married in 1960 and it all went wrong
from the beginning - no matter how hard she tried.
Please read this book -
especially if you are a child (or grandchild) of such a disastrous marriage.
You will then understand exactly what happened and why.
The book will shortly also be
available in paperback.