My Very First Blog Post: The Walls We Build

Updated: Mar 1, 2020

Welcome to my shiny new blog, Jules' Jukebox. For my first post, and in anticipation of the publication of my debut historical novel on 23rd March 2020, it's a pleasure to share some thoughts on the opening chapter of The Walls We Build.

Please do feel free to contact me with any questions you might have about my book. My next blog post will explore where and how an author gets an idea for a novel, the research involved, and how the kernel of that idea grows exponentially with the amount of time sitting at a keyboard!


Here is the back cover content, otherwise known as 'The Blurb':

Three Friends

Two Secrets

One Hidden Life

Reverberating through three generations and nine decades, and set against the stunning backdrop of Chartwell, Winston Churchill's country home, comes a tragic story of misguided honour, thwarted love and redemption.

Growing up around Churchill’s estate, Frank, Florence and Hilda are inseparable, but as WW2 casts its menacing shadow their friendships become more complex and strained.

Following Frank's death in 2002, Florence writes to his grandson, Richard, hinting at a dark past. On investigation, disturbing secrets come to light that have n

ot only haunted his grandfather’s life but will now impact on his too. When a pivotal encounter between Frank and Churchill is revealed and a mystery relative in a psychiatric hospital discovered, just how much more does Florence dare disclose, and is Richard ready to hear?


The 1st chapter of The Walls We Build opens in 2002 with Frank as he looks back on his conflicted life and marriage. Six months previously, Frank suffered a stroke, and much like his old employer, Winston Churchill, 50 years before. This short opening chapter sets up the story, while in chapter 2 we are taken back to 1928, and with the novel's other main protagonist, Florence. The story is told in two timelines and from 3 point-of-view characters; Frank, Florence and Richard. It is a mosaic of a story, the resolution encompassing all three characters.

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