Although the manuscript is finished, there will always be just one more tweak to make. I was due to drive to Gatwick today to pick up husband from the airport (Jct 7, M25), and thought I could do a few final checks on some rogue references at the National Archives (Jct 1A, M4). A massive queue […]
As a reward to myself I visited the London Fire Brigade Museum in Southwark today. I had tried to get on a tour two or three times previously but kept having to cancel due to pressure of work. I really wanted to visit to do some picture research for the book. Anyway, this time I made it, and saw […]
After a long weekend, using up most of my remaining leave for the year, I have completed the final chapters. And today, Monday, about ten minutes ago, I sent off postal submissions containing a covering letter, CV, synopsis and first three chapters to four agents. Another will go off by post tomorrow, and a final one by email […]
Two friends, architectural historians (one a qualified architect), came to dinner last night. I gave them mini goat’s cheese omelettes, pheasant casserole and rhubarb compote with sorbet. They gave me comments on the ground plan showing the likely location of the furnaces under the House of Lords. A fair exchange, I thought.
Last Friday I was contacted by the very reputable and well-known agent who had been so interested in the book in November. Sadly, she has been overwhelmed by other work and thinks I would be better served by someone else. She hasn’t had time to read the stuff I’ve been trickling through since November, and […]
I want the structure of the book to reflect the course of the fire. Could this be why then, because I doused the flames with powerful jets from the great floating engine in chapters 12 and 13, I am now having problems getting any energy into my final chapters 14 and 15?