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My aim in writing “Cheshire Cheese and Camembert” was to take some of the younger characters who appeared in “Blessèd are the Meek and “Twenty-six Nil” and place them in a more modern setting, ie. the early years of the 20th century. The turbulence of the period between 1913 and 1919 made for a vibrant background: the suffragette movement, the Easter Rising in Ireland, the Russian Revolution, not to mention the Great War.

Inevitably the war had the greatest impact on families like that of my narrator, Charlie Knott, but I did not want to turn my novel into a war story. Reports of events in northern France come only from newspaper reports or more graphically from letters from Charlie’s son Alfred.

As Charlie has left Hyde for work by the docks at the eastern end of the Manchester Ship Canal, the town of Hyde is less of a feature than in the previous books. However, perhaps I should have made at least a brief mention of the sacrifice Hydonian men and women made at that time. 710 men of Hyde who gave their lives are commemorated at the cenotaph on Werneth Low, a windblown hill overlooking the town and the great pattern of distant boroughs. It is one of my favourite places in the world.

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Visit to the station, 26th September 2015

The copies of the novel are newly printed, and as promised I deliver a first batch of them to the shop on the station platform in Shillingstone.

Exciting times. It’s a beautiful sunny day and the Project is in typical Saturday morning mode: volunteer workers in hi-vis jackets painting, digging, stopping for a coffee and a chat. In the café a few early visitors order a drink and a slice of home-made cake. It all seems very English in a calm, unhurried kind of way. In the course of the next few weekends I hope a few of the visitors pick up a copy of the novel and are tempted to buy it.

Meanwhile I take a few more photos of the site: a little different from the ones from July in the gallery: this time it actually looks and feels more like summer.

Here they are:



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