I’m going to disappear for a couple of weeks. I’m on deadline to finish Secret Dumfries. Amberley Publishing has already put the book for pre-order on Amazon – and I haven’t finished writing it yet.
When they were commissioning the book I was asked to supply a back-of-the-book blurb, before a single word had been written. I sent something off, saying I hoped it wasn’t cast in stone as we didn’t know what we (photographer Keith Kirk and I) might find during the research. Next thing, it’s there on Amazon
Here it is:
“Dumfries, in south-west Scotland, has a long history, much of it well recorded. However, as with most places there are more than a few secrets hidden away. First referred to as the Queen of the South by a local poet, David Dunbar in 1857, the name stuck and was later adopted by the local football team. Not many know this makes it the only football team in the world mentioned in the Bible. Darker aspects of the town’s history include the burning of nine witches on the Whitesands in 1659 and the last public hanging of a woman in Scotland, Mary Timney, was held in Dumfries in 1862. There are tales of plague victims being exiled to Scabbit Isle, of murderers and grave robbers. Not all its secrets are so dark: there’s Patrick Miller and his introduction of turnips courtesy of King Gustav III of Sweden, and the exiled Norwegian Army making its home in Dumfries during the Second World War. And what is the significance of the finials depicting telescopes and anchors on the railings along the Whitesands?
Local author Mary Smith, and photographer Keith Kirk, take the reader on a fascinating journey through the town’s past, unearthing tales of intrigue and grisly goings-on as they provide a fascinating glimpse into some of the lesser known aspects of the town’s history.”
Sounds good, doesn’t it? Now, I need to get my head down, nose to the grindstone and work my socks off. I hope if I use enough clichés here, they won’t creep into the book!
Please accept my apologies for not being able to visit everyone’s blogs for the next couple of weeks. I’ll be back – all chilled and euphoric.