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Green Gold fresh from the printers

Today was an exciting day, which at one time seemed so far away. Advance copies of my first full novel arrived fresh from the printers Clay Ltd. Published by Unbound, Green Gold: The Epic True Story of Victorian Plant Hunter John Jeffrey is available officially from 18th April. Advance copies are available from all book… Read More

Green Gold newsletter No.12

It’s been longer than six months since I last sent out my regular newsletter following the creation of my latest book GREEN GOLD. I’ve been busy on a number of fronts, especially since the book became fully-funded in September. This issue features include news of the front cover design, final production phases, book publication date, news… Read More

Green Gold cover revealed

First the manuscript is written, then a publishing offer negotiated and contract signed, fundraising started, fundraising successfully completed, then work started again on the manuscript with a first edit then second edit, followed by copyediting . . . it’s a long process writing a book! In fact, since completing the manuscript of Green Gold, it’s… Read More

In celebration of the plant hunter

To celebrate the lives of plant hunters, like John Jeffrey, here I share some of my favourite books on botany, botanical exploration, and the often extraordinary lives of the plant hunter. Think more Indiana Jones than shy retiring pansies, as these men and women travelled the world in search of plants, valuable for their beauty, medicines, timber, smell, and any number of other benefits. Read More