Dungeness circa 1885 – Local Author ‘Secrets of the Shingle’

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Dungeness circa 1885 – Local Author ‘Secrets of the Shingle’

Local author Emma Batten has just released her first work of fiction – and a very good read it is.

The story is set in Dungeness around the 1890’s and really does provide a good ‘picture’ and feel for the area around that time. Emma has gone to great lengths for factual accuracy – even down to the times of the trains running from Lydd to Dungeness.

The story of a school teacher from Ashford expecting her new position at the Dungeness school to be in a lovely seaside village. Some hopes! And of course her difficulty in fitting in with the locals.

‘Secrets of the Shingle’ is available on kindle for £2-50 or for other formats of e-reader on: /www.smashwords.com/books/view/633834.

Also available as a paperback (£9.99) from the Romney Marsh Visitor Centre, and at both Dungeness and New Romney RH&DR Stations or by contacting Emma through her website www.emmabattenauthor.weebly.com. A copy can be delivered locally for £7.50 or posted for £9.99

Again – a very good read and well worth a ‘tenner’. A nice little stocking filler!!! Reviews would be most welcome through this website!

About Emma Batten – Self Publishing Author

Emma Batten – Self Publishing Author
I live on Romney Marsh and love to combine my interest in local history with creative writing. It’s important to me that the historical details are accurate and to give my readers an authentic insight of life here on Romney Marsh, as well as creating believable plots.

I am an active member of Marsh Ink Writers’ Group. Meeting other local writers gives me motivation and there is always something new to learn.

Coming soon ‘A Place called Hope’, based around New Romney and Hope.

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About the Author:

Born in Ashford a long time ago I have had a lifelong relationship with Dungeness having spent every year here for a fortnights holiday up to the age of 15. In those good old days there was no electricity and hence no radio, no running water and no adequate sewage solutions. Nothing to do other than enjoy the vast expanse of the Ness and all it offered for the young children of that era. Out after breakfast and back before nightfall. There were lakes to swim in. Same lakes to boat on (well large logs). A derelict school in which to play.(Add pic on school roof) Gun emplacements, underground shelters. Sheer bliss. That all ended at 16 when I joined the RAF, finally purchasing a shack – as indeed it was then – in 1971 for the princely sum of £750.00. Only 15 years prior to that we could not afford the £250.00 asking price for what was then known as ‘Windwhistle’, the former Queen Victoria’s Pullman carriage. Still there today but concealed behind painted shiplap. Leaving the mob I travelled, retuning ‘home’ as oft I could, and realistically, only becoming a permanent fixture since 1977. In those days there was a vibrant community here with annual gatherings for the Mayday festival – spit roast and all and open days at the Lifeboat station – with bosuns chairs, zip wires to keep the kids happy. I think Health and Safety put paid to that and other activities, as did the moving away of many locals. The result of which , today there are probably less than 40 persons residing here permanently, in probably less than 20 out of the 80 shacks still here. (I have been told not to use the word ‘shacks’ as now at £3000,00.00 plus they are desirable bungalows in a well sought after locale. So ‘Shacks’ they are! End.

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