It’s quite a while since I posted anything here, so I thught I’d give a quick update on what has been happening.

SS Sultan sails into Fremantle Harbour 1897

In February I finished drafting and editing my book about C. Y. O’Connor and Dr Henry Barnett (which I’ve titled Madness and Marvels ). It’s now doing the rounds of publishers. It’s a fascinating story but it isn’t as sensational as that of The Edward Steet Baby Farm and I suspect it may take a while to find someone interested in taking it on. In the meantime, I’m considering what to write about next. Should it be another non-fiction book, a novel, a collection of shorter biographies? So many possibilities.

Invitations to speak about The Edward Street Baby Farm still arrive occasionally. At the last talk I gave in March, I was delighted to meet one of Alice Mitchell’s descendents, who had a copy of my book for me to sign. We had a great chat.

Last month my website moved to a different hosting arrangement, which will supposedly make it easier to look after the back-end of things. If you notice any glitches, please let me know.

I continue to write a monthly newsletter, The Scribbler, with articles on a wide variety of topics, many of them history related. It also includes updates about my books. You can read back issues here. If you would like to subscribe, please use the box below or in the side bar.

Work in progress – an update