A WELCOME FROM JANET
Thanks for visiting! If you love books, history, travel or 20th century nostalgia I hope you’ll find something of interest here.
My historical novels cover many political events and social upheavals of the past century, and span the globe from India to Britain. I’ve written 21 books including The India Tea Series, the Jarrow Trilogy, the Durham Trilogy, and the Tyneside Sagas. My India novels start in 1904 and go through the momentus times of the final years of the British Raj. They were partly inspired by diaries, letters and old cine films belonging to my grandparents who had lived and worked in India.
If you’ve ever wanted to know what it was like to travel the hippy trail in the 1970s, then read The Vanishing of Ruth. This is a mystery novel, based in part on the material from the diary I kept on my overland trip to India and Kathmandu in 1976. I’ve already published extracts from the diary, but I’ll be refreshing that here, along with other previously un-published materials on the route that went through Europe, Yugoslavia, Greece, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India & Kashmir, finally arriving in Kathmandu just before Christmas 1976.
Another of my mysteries, The Haunting of Kulah, is set on the remote Outer Hebrides of Scotland – the idea came after a wild camping holiday on Barra and the Uists!
If like me, you grew up in the 1960s, then you’ll love my childhood memoirs – an unashamedly nostalgic depiction of both Scotland and the North East of England in the 1960s – the heyday of the Beatles!
I also run a micro publishing business, MacLeod Trotter Books, specialising in paperbacks and ebooks. The novels regularly appear in ebook bestseller charts: The Tea Planter’s Daughter was an Amazon Kindle top ten bestseller, as well as being a bestseller in France, Russia and Italy. The Jarrow Trilogy and Tyneside Sagas have topped the Kindle Family Saga category. Vanishing of Ruth has been a bestseller for Waterstones e-charts. My blog sometimes throws a spotlight on the exciting world of digital publishing and book events in general. So please feel free to join in.
If you want to get in touch or leave comments, I’d be pleased to hear from you.
All the best, Janet.