This is the first in an occasional series of posts about the artistic and social world inhabited by Calypso Bergère. This post focuses on the first novella in the series, Calypso and the Severed Portrait, set in Paris in the autumn of 1931.
A woman singing for her lover on an amateur recording, and then the frightening sounds of violence and a death threat. What have Calypso and her friend Olivia just heard on the disc they found in a Left Bank record shop? Can the two young artists find out what really happened to the singer of the song?
A missing person. A mysterious map. A determined young woman. Can she solve the puzzle of the professor’s disappearance while everyone around her just wants to celebrate Christmas?
A mysterious painting. A spirited young artist. Can she discover the origin of the painting and learn the secrets of her mother’s past?
My new book, the second in the London history trails series, is out now. City of Song: A London Sixties Music Trail takes the reader on a walk from Chelsea to Soho, stopping off at twenty-four locations that hosted significant musical performances, encounters and happenings in that decade.
My book, City of Verse: A London Poetry Trail, is now available on the Amazon, iBooks and Kobo stores.