Oh, dear. They put me on the spot. Statues and Slavery. If you've been following my Yale Trilogy, you'll know that Part One, The Doubtful Diaries of Wicked Mistress Yale, is rooted around Elihu Yale's involvement, on behalf of the English East India Company, in the Indian Ocean Slave Trade during the 1680s. Elihu Yale - the Pub, the Person and … [Read more...] about Statues and slavery – a comment
Introduction to Mistress Yale
The Yale resources that provided the historical background to the trilogy, to Catherine Yale's Diaries, have been considerable. I list them here only because so many readers have requested further materials. Materials to explore in more depth those fifty years covered by the novels. Fifty years of hugely turbulent upheaval both in Britain and in … [Read more...] about Mistress Yale’s Diaries, The Resources
Writing historical novels sometimes takes me to strange places - and this time into the mystery of Elihu Yale's tomb. Back in June 2019, I accepted an invitation to do a book-signing at the Yale Bookstore in New Haven, Connecticut. Fabulous book shop just near the university’s campus. And the book in question, of course, was The Doubtful Diaries … [Read more...] about The Strange Case of Elihu Yale’s Tomb
Spare a thought for poor Catherine Yale! Elihu Yale, Welsh nabob, East India Company merchant adventurer, collector, philanthropist – and slave trader – gave his name to one of the world’s most famous universities. His biography has been written many times, most notably by the American academic, explorer and politician Hiram Bingham. Bingham is … [Read more...] about Catherine Hynmers Yale
The story of Elihu Yale as you've never heard it before! It was a chance meeting. Our local Wrexham MP Ian Lucas asking me if I’d ever thought of writing a story about our local historical celebrity, Elihu Yale. Yale has a very fine and famous tomb in the grounds of St. Giles Parish Church and is taught to Wrexham school kids as the … [Read more...] about It’s here! The Elihu Yale Story!