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A series of mysteries set in late 19th century London and featuring the intrepid Fleet Street reporter Penny Green. The books can be read in any order. See all of Emily's books
It's finally here! 🎉🍾🎊😃 PG9 - The Gang of St Bride's is OUT NOW - just 99c / 99p for a limited time. Paperback will follow shortly. I'm really looking forward to hearing what you think! Here's a geo-link but if it plays up then I've posted some more links below - hyperurl.co/iaqzyb US - www.amazon.com/dp/B086K4MC8K/ UK - www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B086K4MC8K/ AU - www.amazon.com.au/dp/B086K4MC8K/ CA - www.amazon.ca/dp/B086K4MC8K/ Need a country which isn't listed? Just let me know in the comments.
Almost there! These are strange times at the moment, I hope you're keeping safe and well. I had planned to put PG9 up for pre-order but doing so means having to stick to a certain schedule. As things are unpredictable at the moment, I'll skip the pre-order and publish the book as soon it's ready. It will still be 99c / 99p as an early bird offer and I shall let you know as soon as it's available. At the moment, I'm remaining quite certain that it will be this month. In the meantime, Churchill and Pemberley book 4 is going well and I'll keep you posted about that. 📕 With schools in the UK closing from today, I'll have a bit more childcare to do but I'll do my best to hit my daily word count and get through my edits. Stories offer great escapism in tricky times so I hope to get some more available to you in the coming months. Watch this space! In the meantime, take care and look out for yourselves and your loved ones ❤️
It's taken nine Penny Green books to finally include the location of St Paul's Cathedral! ✟ St Paul's was founded 1,400 years ago but the first long-standing building was built by the Normans in the 11th century. St Paul's spire made it the tallest building in the world until the spire collapsed in 1561. Sadly the rest of the cathedral was destroyed 100 years later in the Great Fire of London. Christopher Wren was brought in to design the new St Paul’s and the building, as we know it today, was formally declared complete in 1711. Its iconic dome is one of the largest cathedral domes in the world and weighs 65,000 tonnes according to the cathedral's website. You can explore three galleries within the dome, the top gallery - the Golden Gallery - is reached after a climb of 528 steps. 🥵 St Paul's survived the Blitz in WWII, despite many buildings around it being completely destroyed. The cathedral has hosted events such as the funerals of Lord Nelson, the Duke of Wellington and Winston Churchill, and the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Martin Luther King preached here and suffragettes planted a bomb under the Bishop’s throne…
Here's the cover for Penny Green 9! It will be out next month and I'll let you know pre-order details and publication date as soon as I know them. I'm working on Churchill & Pemberley 4 so will keep you updated with that too 😃
I'll have more news on Penny Green 9 very soon! In the meantime here's an important location in the book - St Giles Cripplegate. It has a long and fascinating history. Cripplegate was the name of one of the Roman gates into the City of London and a fragment of the Roman wall still stands close by to the church. Its original name was St Giles-without-Cripplegate because it stood outside the city walls. There was a Saxon church on this site in the 11th century and the Normans soon replaced it with their own version. It was rebuilt in its current Gothic style in the 14th century and the tower was added in the 17th century. Oliver Cromwell was married here in 1620 and John Milton was buried here in 1674. Although the church survived the Great Fire of London in 1666, it was damaged during the Blitz in WWII. The area of Cripplegate around it was decimated and much of the area is now covered by the Barbican development which was built in the 1960s-80s. This part of London has changed dramatically over the centuries but the church still stands. It was restored in 1966 and now sits in…
Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed the holidays! I had a bit of a break and I'm now catching up with your messages. I was going to post this location from PG9 a week or two ago but decided that it wasn't very festive! So here's something fascinatingly morbid for the New Year 😂 I mentioned Wapping in a recent post and it was once the location for Execution Dock where pirates were hanged. 🏴☠️ Their bodies would remain in place until three tides had washed over them and the remains of the particularly troublesome ones were then tarred and hung in cages at Blackwall Point (where the O2 Arena now stands) as a warning to others.☠️ The last pirate hangings took place in 1830 and since then the exact location of Execution Dock on Wapping’s riverfront has been lost. For good measure though, a replica gallows stands in the riverbank by the Prospect of Whitby pub.
PG9 has a river theme, which can only mean an interesting river location or two! 😃 The Thames River Police was founded in 1798 to tackle thefts from ships in the Port of London. The force was based at Wapping Police Station on the banks of the river and - incredibly - it still is today! I haven’t yet found another police station in London which has been in continuous use for that long. Many of the Victorian police stations in the capital have been demolished or redeveloped for another use. The river police merged with the Metropolitan Police in 1839. Today Wapping Police Station is the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police Marine Policing Unit which polices 47 miles of the Thames. There’s a little museum on site which tells you the history of the river police, apparently it's worth a visit.🚤
Here's a location from Penny Green 9. I love this detailed photo - I can't find the date for it but my guess is some time between 1880 - 1910. Ludgate Circus sits at a crossroads between Fleet Street and Ludgate Hill. Lud Gate once stood here and was the westernmost gate in the Roman city walls. This area is supposedly the burial place of the legendary Welsh king, King Lud. It’s not clear if King Lud actually existed or not - he features in the 12th century book 'History of the Kings of Britain' by Geoffrey of Monmouth. Lud Gate was demolished in the 18th century and Ludgate Circus was constructed in the 1860s and 70s. In this picture you can see The King Lud pub to the left of the railway bridge - the pub is a location in PG9. The railway bridge was demolished in 1990 when new railway tunnels took the lines underground. Beneath Ludgate Circus flows one of London’s subterranean rivers, the River Fleet, which runs from Hampstead in north London down to the Thames and was largely covered over in the 18th century. Apparently you can still hear the river these days through a…