Release of an e-book version of the book “Two Squatters: the lives of George Playne and Daniel Jennings”

Announcing the release on Apple iTunes, Amazon Kindle and Kobo Books of “Two Squatters” as an e-book. Please go to one of these websites to purchase as an e-book. I still have a few copies of the printed version available. Please see my website ( for more details.

I have been pleased about how the print version has sold, and am now investigating how to publicise an e-book internationally, and to find out if a self-publisher can penetrate the large European and American markets with an e-book. All very much a learning curve for me. Two Squatters has quite a large amount of information on the English origins of both the main characters in my story, and their families. So there is a good potential for sales in the UK particularly. I will keep followers of this blog informed on how sales are going, and which promotion techniques have worked best.

Meantime, I must get back on track in writing my second non-fiction book. It hasn’t got a title yet, but its about the great will forger Joshua Fletcher and his co-conspirators and their families and their lives. He committed these offences in the 1840s in England. His second wife was Sarah Playne Washbourn, an ancestor of mine, which is the reason I am writing this book. I expect to have it ready for release in 2017. The story has a large English and a large Australian content. We roam from the undrained fenlands of Lincolnshire to Dickens’ London in the 1840s, to the small village of Minchinhampton in Gloucestershire. In Australia, we explore Norfolk Island, Hobart, Mudgee in New South Wales, the gold mining town of Hill End to Ipswich in Queensland. Behind this family story is the celebrated criminal case, subsequent pardons and appeals.

In my family history studies, I decided some time back to pick out those ancestors who had different or interesting lives, or who made a major achievement in industry, in discovery, in art, or in war. Then to decide if I would write a whole book or perhaps just a short article on each of them.

Meantime, I have been fortunate to have copies of some recently published books, which I will discuss in my next blog. They are Graeme Davison’s “Lost Relations: fortunes of my family in Australia’s golden age”, Fred From’s “Terry” , and John Field’s “Boots, Shoes and Seeds: the life of Peter Field”. Graeme’s book is particularly interesting as he is a well known professional historian. I think all family historians will be interested to see how the professionals handle family history. But more on these three books in my next blog soon.