Thames Valley Tales is a collection of 15 short stories written by Tim Walker between 2013-2015. They are mainly contemporary tales, inspired by the author’s life or news events, often invoking local legends and historical events.
One such story is The Tiger’s Foot – a fantasy yarn that starts with the cruel poaching of a tiger in a forest in India, and her body parts ending up in a marketplace in China. From there, the tiger’s foot is used in a ritual to cast out evil spirits, then makes a journey to Oxford, where its bearer shape-shifts into a deadly man-eating tiger!
“I very much enjoyed reading this collection of short stories. The author has a talent for description and dialogue. I particularly enjoyed The Merry Women of Windsor – it’s a lovely light-hearted story.” Sinead Fitzgibbon, author, A Short History of London and other Harper Collins titles.
“Maidenhead Thicket is a nicely rendered story and a worthy inclusion in the June 2015 issue of our online magazine.” Sandra Tyler, editor, thewoventalepress.net
After two months on Amazon Kindle, sales were moving up and reviews starting to come in…5 x 5-star reviews can be read as at 20th September 2015…keep the reviews coming in please!
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The River Thames is best known for being the river that runs through London, one of the World’s most famous cities. It rises some 215 miles away from a spring in Gloucestershire, in the beautiful Cotswolds countryside, and flows through nine counties to the North Sea.
The river has borne witness to many historical events that have shaped England’s history – the coming of the Romans, the conversion of Saxon Kings to Christianity, King Alfred’s battles against the Danes, the Norman’s building the Tower of London and the Palace of Westminster, the signing of the Magna Carta, the Great Fire of London, the English Civil War and the Blitz, to name but a few.
The collection includes the following stories:
The White Horse – written after a visit to the white horse carving on the Berkshire Downs at Uffington, close to, but not in the Thames river valley. It is a fantasy based around a real archaeological dig in 1990 that dated the famous chalk carving to being 1,000 years older than previously thought.
Murder at Henley Regatta is a good old fashioned murder mystery, with a number of suspects set up as possible murderers of an upper-class man at the Royal Henley Regatta.
Maidenhead Thicket, a story picked up by an online US-based magazine, combines two elements – a news item in the local newspaper about the rise in ‘dogging’ activities at the Maidenhead Thicket, once the territory for the infamous highwayman, Dick Turpin, whose ghost appears in the story.
Colnbrook Caper is a story loosely based on a friend’s personal account of working for a travel cash business close to Heathrow Airport. I created a fantasy story of a man who works for such a company and steals enough money to buy a yacht and woo the boss’s daughter. Included is a fascinating true account of a murderous innkeeper couple based in Colnbrook in the 18th century, who were the origin of the legendary stories of killing, cooking and serving up their customers to fellow travellers as pork pies!
Runnymede Rebellion looks at the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215 by King John and reflects on the true meaning of ‘personal freedom’ and the universal declaration of human rights that have come from the Great Charter of Freedom. The year 2015 was widely celebrated in the UK as the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta.
The Merry Women of Windsor is loosely based on the Shakespeare comedy play The Merry Wives of Windsor. The plot has been updated and based around the activities of a group of women who attend fitness classes at the Windsor leisure centre.
The Seesaw Sea of Fate, named after a line in Dylan Thomas’s Under Milkwood, is about two men who meet up in London for a birthday pub crawl and a trip down memory lane.