Thursday, 14 July 2016

Sitting Round My Pool: Madalyn Morgan talking about The 9:45 to Bletchley

Today, I have the lovely, Madalyn Morgan sitting round my pool talking about her latest book, best seller, The 9:45 To Bletchley. The cover as you will see is stunning and having read the book, I can tell you, it is a great read filled with twists and turns whilst opening a window that let's us have a peek at everyday life in war torn Britain. 
Now my lovely friend, the stage is all yours...

"Thank you for inviting me onto your fabulous Blog, Pauline. The first time we did this was in 2014 when we talked about Foxden Acres and Applause.  Last October you invited me to sit round your pool and chat about, China Blue, and today it’s The 9:45 To Bletchley." 

The Dudley Sisters Saga
The 9:45 To Bletchley is Ena Dudley’s story

When German bombers pass over Lowarth on their way to bomb Coventry, Ena Dudley’s first thought is to shield her important war work. She only realises how vital her work is when she is called upon to deliver it to Bletchley Park. Some months later, on her regular 9.45 train to Bletchley, Ena is attacked and her work stolen. When those she cares about are accused of being involved, she investigates, not knowing whom she can trust. While trying to clear her name, Ena falls in love.

Reviews incl.

“A breath taking new novel”
“Drama, romance, tension and tears, this novel has it all!”
“Strong Voices and a Compelling Narrative”
“The 9-45 to Bletchley is a must read!”

Now a little info about Madalyn Morgan

Madalyn has been an actress for more than thirty years working in repertory theatre, the West End, film and television. She is a radio presenter and journalist, writing articles for newspapers and magazines.
     Madalyn was brought up in a busy working class pub in a market town in Leicestershire. “The pub was a great place for an aspiring actress and writer to live. There were so many characters to study and accents learn.” At twenty-four Madalyn gave up a successful hairdressing salon and wig-hire business for a place at East 15 Drama College, and a career as an actress.
     In 2000, with fewer parts available for older actresses, Madalyn learned to touch type, completed a two-year course with The Writer's Bureau, and began writing. After living in London for thirty-six years, she has returned to her home town of Lutterworth, swapping two window boxes and a mortgage for a garden and the freedom to write.
     Madalyn is currently writing the fifth novel in the Dudley Sisters Saga, The Foxden Hotel.

More great reads by Madalyn Morgan:

The Dudley Sisters Saga came about after talking to my mother about the Second World War. Mum told me about her home life, the work she did in the factory, and the local dances she went to. Mum and her friends cycled for miles in the blackout to go dancing. Every village had a village-hall, and every hall held a dance on Friday and Saturday nights. Life was hard; often heart breaking, but it was also fun. People ‘made the best of it’ they had to. 
     With too many ideas for one novel, I plotted four. Four sisters, four jobs, four loves.

And finally...

"I am plotting the fifth, and probably the final novel in the Dudley Sisters Saga. The Foxden Hotel begins on New Year’s Eve, ten years after the first novel, Foxden Acres. The Foxden Hotel brings the Dudley sisters, Bess, Margot, Claire, and Ena together with family and friends who feature in their individual stories.
     On the night of the hotel’s grand opening, an enemy from the war-years gatecrashes the celebrations. The sisters and several of their guests recognise him, which leads to disastrous consequences."

To find out more about Madalyn Morgan online please visit:


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Thank you for calling by and do come back soon as I have a pirate inviting himself to lounge round my pool, and if that is not enough, I have some exciting news too!




Madalyn Morgan said...

Thank you, Pauline. What a lovely post. As always your generosity knows no bounds. Thank you for inviting me to sit round your pool and talk about The 9:45 To Bletchley. And thank you for downloading, enjoying, and leaving a fabulous review. I appreciate it, and your friendship. The next big splash is, The Wendy House. I can't wait to read it. xxx

Pauline Barclay said...

Hello Madalyn, I love having you here and it works both ways with friendship. You are very kind to me too. Now go and sell millions xxx

Jane Risdon said...

Fabulous read and so interesting too. I've spent a lot of time picking my mother's brains about the war years - she is 87 now -and she recalls the bombing of Coventry. Many miles from Coventry, near Windsor, she and her siblings watched the fire visible in the sky after the bombing. Little by way of buildings (then) to block long distance views. Dog-fights over-head with our planes and the German made me recall all this. And Bletchley Park. So many of her school friends went on to work there and still won't say much about their work. Massive success Madalyn with these wonderful stories. Pauline, thanks for hosting such an interesting author. Loved it.

Madalyn Morgan said...

Our mothers lived through a horrific, and yet exciting, time. So many amazing memories. My mother and her sisters also "... watched the fire visible in the sky after the bombing. Little by way of buildings (then) to block long distance views. Dog-fights over-head with our planes and the German planes..." Thank you for your lovely comments about The 9:45 To Bletchley, Jane.