For those of you who like a bargain, or who like celebrating Easter in a non chocolaty but equally decadent kind of way, I have news. My publisher Kensington Gore has put the Secret of Aldwych Strand on special.
From Saturday 26th – Sunday 29th (inclusive) Book 1 of Mark and Lucy’s adventures is free, gratis – cost nothing to purchase for your Kindle.
For a slightly longer period – the 26th of March to the 2nd of April the other two tales in the trilogy are reduced to only 99p.
“Where do I get them?” I hear you cry as you charge your kindle and kindle app!
“Why! That’s easy. Click on the easter eggs!”
All being well and good Secrets and Lies will be at the Hockley and Hawkwell Methodist Hall on February 13th with copies of the Aldwych Strand Trilogy as well as the compendium version.
Time Travellers and Normals
Mark – A football mad teenager who should know better by now
Lucy – The class geek whose madcap idea to photograph Southend Pier got them into all this trouble
Molly Pearce – Manager of the Edinburgh Castle Mission (a woman of hidden depths)
Will Driver – Lloyd George’s Driver
DCI Arthur Sutton – a policeman working for Melville
Lysander and Cornelius Armstrong – twin brothers who look nothing alike
Captain Michaels – an officer who hates Italians
David Lloyd George – Chancellor of the Exchequer, Welshman and playboy
Guillermo Marconi – Inventor of the Wireless. An Essex boy from Italy.
Winston S. Churchill – Home Secretary
Walter Nicolai – An old fashioned spymaster who is playing a deep game
William Melville – Allegedly the head of the Secret Service
Frances Stephenson – A girl who catches Lloyd George’s eye
Langley Bradley was a clockmaker born in 1663. At the age of 23 he was apprenticed to Joseph Wise, and after being freed in 1694, he worked in Fenchurch Street at the Minute Dial. In 1720 he was appointed Assistant of the Clockmakers company and was master in1726. From 1748 he was working as a clockmaker in Mile End. Best know for the commission from Sir Christopher Wren in 1707 for the clock for St Pauls which was criticised by a government commission led by Sir Isaac Newton, whose own clockmaker won the right to replace the Bradley piece.
However, despite this set back Bradley’s career did not suffer too badly. Wren tried to get him appointed as official clockmaker to Queen Anne, but the Lord Chamberlain’s office blocked the appointment. So when this failed Wren helped the clockmaker win the commission for the new clock at Hampton court.
My interest in Bradley Langley results from a visit to London. We do the Open London weekend and last year visited the Old Admiralty building. And there we found “Langers”. It’s a grandfather clock, which was made in 1697 and came from the offices of the Navy Board. Stately as all clocks should be, this time piece has witnessed a lot of history – wars declared, ships lost and careers made and destroyed. Obviously, as the Old Admiralty building is a secure area, we were unable to take a photograph of the piece. However trawling the net to help with my description of the cabinet’s HQ (for book 3) I found this picture of the table. And there – lurking in the background is the Langley Bradley. Gorgeous, isn’t he?