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The adventures of a young girl and her wolfhound

URSULA AND BANDARES is the story of a young English servant girl and her wolfhound Bandares. Taken into the confidence of the secretly Royalist Lady of the House, Lady Grey, Ursula is coaxed into smuggling Royalist prisoners out from under the nose of the Lady’s Parliamentarian husband, Lord Grey. This is a sprawling adventure that reads a little like a Hilary Mantel for kids. Full of intrigue and numerous twists and turns. Set in England during the Civil War, written to be read aloud to children of all ages.

Judy Pascoe worked for many years with the contemporary circus company, Circus Oz before settling in the UK where she made her name as a performer on the London cabaret circuit in the early 90’s. Her novel Our Father who art in the Tree won the Young Minds award in 2004 and was translated into many languages before being adapted for the screen in 2010. Apart from writing, her other love is painting and drawing which she spends far too much time doing.

In the years between 1642 and 1651 England was in the grips of a civil war, the country was divided in loyalty between the Royalist army who supported King Charles I and the Parliamentarians led by Oliver Cromwell who questioned the ‘Divine right’ of the King who believed he was chosen by God to rule England.

The West Country, specifically Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire where this story takes place were fiercely contested because of their proximity to Oxford, the capital of England from 1642 – 1646 and the home of King Charles I. Both counties were alive with the movement of troops of both the King’s army and the Parliament forces.

The effect of this war is still alive in England today, in the land and the people and the way the Parliament and the Royal Family came to their current arrangement, that established that the monarch cannot rule without Parliament’s consent.

The conflict tore families apart, their loyalties often undisclosed to each other until the found themselves in battle pitted against each other on the blooded battle fields.

It was in one such household that Ursula the servant girl lived.


Joey Tribbiani the Lurcher

Saturday, 24 June 2017

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He's so beautiful 

Joey Tribbiani the Lurcher

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Follow my dog Joey on instagram @joeytribbianithelurcher to see the adventures of the dog that inspired this story. When we bought Joey we knew he was special and his weird and wonderful ways inspired me to start writing a story about a dog. 

Cotswolds Homes article about Ursula & Bandares

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Here's the link to my new article in Cotswolds homes... give it a read and see my and Joey sitting on a sofa and walking through the woods.

Drafting with the dog

Monday, 10 April 2017

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