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Friday, 31 August 2018


Dear Daisy Belle supporters, the day has come!

Tomorrow, September 1st, the anniversary of Agnes Beckwith's daring 1875 swim in the River Thames, is publication day for the novel that could NOT have happened without all of your support.

Thank you so much for the encouragement that has continued over the 456 days since the book was first launched on Unbound.

Daisy Belle has gone to print!

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Dear Daisy Belle supporters, a very quick update to say the novel has now gone to be printed, hurrah! Books should be in the Unbound warehouse by the end of next week, and by the end of July they should be on their way to all you wonderful people who supported it. I so hope you ENJOY it.

Daisy Belle goes Live

Friday, 15 June 2018

Dear Daisy Belle supporters, the proofreader’s queries have now been dealt with and things are on the final road to publication, hurrah!

I launched the crowdfunding campaign on Unbound exactly a year ago, and it’s a huge relief to know that Daisy Belle will soon see the light of day.

I’m thrilled to have two wonderful endorsements for the cover.

The novelist Maggie Gee, who is also Professor…

Daisy Belle goes Audio

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Dear Daisy Belle supporters, spring has brought good news….Unbound have sold the rights to an audio book version of Daisy Belle, and the proof stage of the production process has nearly been completed, hurrah!

The manuscript has now been read by a proofreader, and she has thrown up a few queries. You would have thought that by now any problems would have been sorted out, but it’s amazing what a…

Cover Reveal!

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Dear Daisy Belle supporters, we now have a cover! This isn't the absolute final version, there might be some tweaks, but I wanted to share it here and see what people think. Very much hoping you will like it!



Copyediting: the book is almost ready!

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Dear Daisy Belle supporters, a belated Happy New Year!

Here’s an update on how the production of the novel is going. Last week I received the copyedited manuscript, which looks something like this:




Mostly the corrections are in terms of punctuation, spelling, and changing awkward phrases or sentences. But the copyeditor, Alison, has also flagged up…

Starting the Cover

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Dear Daisy Belle supporters – the novel has now been edited, a major hurdle has been crossed and before too long it will be a BOOK!

This is the 7th time I’ve completely re worked the novel and oddly enough, I still haven’t grown tired of Daisy Belle and her aquatic exploits. I hope you will love her too.

My editor at Unbound, Claire, pointed out several things that needed work on over the past…

The manuscript arrives!

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Dear Daisy Belle supporters, I’ve just received the manuscript back from the Unbound editor, hurrah! Thankfully she thinks the novel is fantastic, and she has made a number of excellent suggestions about how it can be further improved.

Right now the manuscript (all 246 pages of it) looks like this:

Some of the comments are about plot – such as, how to keep the tension going – others are…

Swimming setting No.3 - The River Thames

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Dear Daisy Belle supporters, things have been quiet on the update front – the novel funded so quickly that I decided to take the opportunity to do a longer re write. At the end of the 3-month campaign, we’ve now exceeded the target with 113%!

I’ll be sending the manuscript to my editor at Unbound any day now, then I sit back and bite my thumbs waiting to see what might need to change. A structural…

Swimming setting No. 2 - Margate

Saturday, 29 July 2017

CELEBRATION TIME! Daisy Belle reached 100% of the crowdfunding target this week. Thank you pledgers, your support has been amazing. I’ve started editing the novel now, and soon it will wing its way to Unbound so the publishing process can begin.

There are four weeks left of the campaign, so there is still time for people to pre order a copy of the novel and get their name in every edition as a…

Swimming setting No1 - the Mixed Pond

Friday, 14 July 2017

Amazingly Daisy Belle has now reached 90%! She is ecstatic, and so am I. Thank you to everyone who has pledged, this literally couldn’t have been done without you. Now we just need a few more pre orders and the publication process will get underway…

There are three main swimming places that inspired the novel, and one is the Mixed Pond on Hampstead Heath, north London. Daisy Belle opens at the…

Meet Annie Luker, Champion Diver

Friday, 30 June 2017

DAISY BELLE supporters, you are brilliant – the novel has reached 74% of the target in just 4 weeks! Thank you for your support and enthusiasm, and please keep sharing the project with friends.

This week I want to introduce you to Annie Luker, pictured below.


Victorian champion Agnes Beckwith was a swimmer more than a diver, but there were several…

William Beckwith and Captain Camp

Thursday, 15 June 2017

A huge THANK you to all new Daisy Belle supporters, your wonderful, generous pledges mean the project has now reached 53% in two weeks! Please share it with anyone you think might be interested.

Today I’m introducing you to the real life figure behind Daisy Belle’s brother, William Beckwith, pictured below. Sister and brother swimming acts were popular in Victorian times, and Agnes and William…

Meet Professor Beckwith

Thursday, 8 June 2017

THANK you to all the new supporters for Daisy Belle, for pledging, spreading the word and generally being brilliant. In just a week we’ve reached 36% of the total target!

Today I wanted to introduce you to the real life figure that inspired Daisy Belle’s father -  Fredrick Edward Beckwith, swimming professor extraordinaire, pictured below. He was born in Ramsgate in 1821 and was a renowned sidestroke…

Day One

Friday, 2 June 2017

A massive THANK YOU to everyone who has supported Daisy Belle so far!

This is scarier than I’d imagined, I’ve never gone direct to readers before and it’s brilliant seeing that people do want to pledge. In just 24 hours we’ve reached 18% of the overall target!

I’ll be updating the crowdfunding process here, and posting background stories on the real life people who inspired the novel, please…

Publication date: September 2018
116% funded
257 backers