All posts by Bruce Macfarlane

Bruce is a retired Health Physicist who lives with his wife on the south coast of England, just a few minutes’ walk from the sea. When he’s not researching King Arthur, he’s out walking on the South Downs with his wife and his friends trying to remember all the names of the flowers and mushrooms his wife has identified. When it’s raining he can be found sometimes in his "shed" as his wife calls it, trying to master new jazz chords. A life of writing scientific reports and reading early science fiction, especially the genre of time travel such as the works of Anderson, Simak and Wells encouraged him to start writing his own novels about the adventures of a modern man and a Victorian lady whom he met at a cricket match in 1873. His stories have been described as “Tom Holt meets P.G. Wodehouse meets Philip K. Dick meets Fortean Times.”

FREE ON KINDLE: THE TIME TRAVEL DIARIES TRILOGY

The Time Travel Diaires Trilogy is FREE on AMAZON KINDLE this weekend, Friday 18th to Sunday 20th October.

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Three books from the Time Travelling Diaries of the humorous and sometimes romantic adventures of a 21st century scientist, James Urquhart, and a Victorian Cambridge graduate, Elizabeth Bicester.

There are only two things you need to know about James and Elizabeth;

  1. They both keep diaries.
  2. They met each other at a cricket match at Hamgreen in 1873.
  • Oh and thirdly, they really haven’t a clue what is go on. They’d rather be at home snuggled up reading a book or watching telly.

I’ve also added notes on how I wrotes the books and people and places I have used.

I hope you enjoy the book

Bruce Macfarlane at timediaries.wordpress.com

If you want to know more on how I wrote the books, see my Blog on the Time Travel Diaries

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BBC Radio 4. H G WELLS AND THE TIME MACHINE

BBC Radio4 09:00 17th October 2019

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the ideas explored in HG Wells’ novella, published in 1895, in which the Time Traveller moves forward to 802,701 AD. There he finds humanity has evolved into the Eloi and Morlocks, where the Eloi are small but leisured fruitarians and the Morlocks live below ground, carry out the workand have a different diet. Escaping the Morlocks, he travels millions of years into the future, where the environment no longer supports humanity.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0009bmf

People & Places in the Time Travel Diaries

With the exception of Mars, I’ve based the Time Travel Diaries of James Urquhart and Elizabeth Bicester in areas where I have lived and know reasonably well in the North East of England and West Sussex. This, I think makes it easier to write description of a place naturally. I have heard of authors who have constructed detailed maps of places they have never visited, possibly assisted by Google StreetView, in the hope of giving the impression that they know the place intimately. This doesn’t work for me. I end up giving descriptions from the point of view of a tourist rather than a local. Though I admit I had to use maps of Mars for the story line there. But that was only for the reason outlined above.
With regard to real people in my novel, most of whom are long dead, I put my hand up to almost completely fabricating the characteristics I attached to them.

So here are some of the places and people I have used in the novel.

Chanctonbury Rings, West Sussex.
A mysterious place on the edge of the Sussex South Downs associated with many fairy legends. Its ancient beech trees were destroyed in the great storm of 1987. Within the circle is the remains of what are thought to be a small Roman temple.

Church of St. Mary Magdalene and Denis, Midhurst
The parish Church between the Inn and the Castle. The tunnel between the Inn and the cavern could be accessed from its crypt.

Emily Davies
Served as mistress of Girton from 1873 to 1875. Before founding Girton she was the editor of the English Woman’s Journal and helped organize the first petition to parliament for women’s suffrage. As a member of the London School Board and the Schools Inquiry Committee she worked to secure admission for women to official secondary school examinations. She was Elizabeth’s tutor at Girton.

William Rutter Dawes (1799-1868)
Born in West Sussex. He had an 8 inch reflector telescope from which he made drawings of Mars which were used by R. A. Proctor, Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, to make a map of Mars. In A Drift Out of Time, he was a friend of Elizabeth’s father and bequeathed to him a globe of Mars.

Girton College
The first residential college for women established in England. Founded by Emily Davies, Barbara Bodichon, and Lady Henrietta Stanley in 1869. When Girton opened, the university refused to let women formally sit for Tripos examinations (undergraduate course assessments), as it considered the tests too difficult for women. Emily Davies fiercely opposed this idea and insisted that the college’s students be allowed into the exams. In 1873 three of Girton’s first students, Rachel Cook, Louisa Lumsden, and Sarah Woodhead, sat for the Tripos in Classics and Mathematics, and they are collectively known as ‘the Pioneers.’
I wanted to show that Elizabeth was up with James on mathematical knowledge, so I invented she had been at college there. I possibly over did it though when I got her to make James explain Einstein’s Theory of Relativity in one evening.

Ham Green, West Sussex.
Elizabeth’s home is in Hamgreen. It’s not far away. The best way to find it is from Chichester. Turn right at Cocking and follow the old green path close to Downs. After a while you will come to a small combe and if you are in luck you will see the old Lodge nestling in the woods. There is usually a Martian sitting on one of the gate posts but don’t look to closely for it will disappear.

Halley’s Comet
In A House Out of Time, a comet fractures time putting the distant past out of reach. James and Elizabeth have the task of going back to try and deflect the comet. They found a Martian spaceship quite useful for this task.

Helmsley Castle
A Norman castle situated in the market town of Helmsley, within the North York Moors National Park, North Yorkshire, England. It is mainly a ruin and walking distance from Helmsley. One side of the keep has collapsed. In my Book, Out of Time this was done by the Martians trying to escape by a spaceship which had been incorporated in the keep.

Harrow Hill Camp, West Sussex.
According to Heather Robbins’ map of the fairy folk legends of England produced by Chichester University’s Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy Department, this was the last place in England where the fairies lived. Actually it has a late Bronze Age fort on top and is surrounded by Neolithic flint mines. In A Drift Out of Time it used by the Martians as a base.

Midhurst Castle
The town is home to the Norman St. Ann’s Castle, which dates from the about 1120, and not to be confused with the imposing ruins of the old Cowdray house which stands near Midhurst. The Castle foundations are all that can now be seen and are hidden in shrubbery and trees out of site of the average tourist. They can be found just behind the parish church of St. Mary Magdalene and St. Denis.
For my stories I invented a cavern underneath accessible by a tunnel from the Inn and church where the servers and time controllers were housed.

Loch Ness Monster
Sighting by D. Mackenzie (c. 1871–72)
On October 1871 or 1872, by a Dr D. Mackenzie of Balnain. He described seeing an object that looked much like a log or upturned boat “wriggling and churning up the water”. The object moved slowly at first, then disappeared off at a faster speed. Mackenzie sent his story in a letter to Rupert Gould in 1934, shortly after popular interest in the monster skyrocketed.
It was this story and the link between James and Urquhart Castle which gave me the idea to use the Loch Ness Monster as Marco’s time machine in my first book Out of Time.

James Clerk Maxwell FRS FRSE (1831 –1879)
A Scottish scientist in the field of mathematical physics. His most notable achievement was to formulate the classical theory of electromagnetic radiation, bringing together for the first time electricity, magnetism, and light as manifestations of the same phenomenon. Maxwell’s equations for electromagnetism have been called the “second great unification in physics”.
In my book, Out of Time, he is instrumental in starting time travel
Maxwell was pivotal in providing the basis for Einstein’s theories of Relativity. Without Maxwell’s equations the world would be a very different place and most importantly there would be no Star Trek!

T. W. Rolleston (1857–1920)
Founder member of the Irish Literary Society and wrote a book on Celtic Legends describing the coming of the Fairy Folk. In my novels he is the person who discovers the diaries of James Urquhart and Elizabeth Bicester.

Spread Eagle Hotel, South Street, Midhurst, West Sussex,
The Coaching Inn used by James and Elizabeth as a base in which they found the tunnel to the cavern under the Norman Castle.
One part of the inn is from about 1430 with half timbering and lattice windows. It was originally a hunting lodge. In the main bedroom is a separate wig powdering room, used by travellers over the years and bears the date 1430 on the narrow black door. It is near the door of this room that the ghost of an elderly man with a baldhead, witnesses have seen, and several witnesses have described this apparition as wearing a judicial uniform of scarlet robe, fur facings, black cravat and waistband, with a scarlet hood hanging back over his shoulders. This description fits that of a High Court judge of many years ago.

Steadham, West Sussex.
A small village on the River Rother in West Sussex where Elizabeth takes James at the beginning of The Space Between Time

Nikola Tesla(1856 – 1943)
On March 13 1895 while conducting an experiment he suffered an electrical shock which caused him to be able to see a little into the future and past. He is used in my story, The Space Between Time, to cause the fracture and shift in time.

Urquhart Castle
Sits on a promontory on Loch Ness in Scotland. Chosen for no other reason originally because of James’ surname and of course the Loch Ness Monster.

H. G. Wells (1866 – 1946)
He is instrumental in influencing the time travels of James and Elizabeth. His purpose is not really known save that he seems to work quite close with the Martians.
He shared digs with Horace Byatt at his house in South Street, Midhurst. This information is confirmed by the 1881 census. He was apprenticed in January 1881, to Samuel Cowap, a chemist in Midhurst’s Church Hill.
His Science Fantasy, The Time Machine was published 1895.

The Time Travel Diaries Trilogy: Free on Kindle

The Time Travel Diaries TrilogyThe Time Travel Diaries Trilogy is  Free on Kindle from 25th-29th July.

Just in time for the School Holiday.

Three  books in One of the humorous and sometimes romantic time travelling adventures of James Urquhart and Elizabeth Bicester

Out of Time, A Drift Out of Time and A House Out of Time.

On Amazon Kindle

I’ve also included information on the place and people I have used

You can read more about them on my blog here

 

3 FREE books from the Time Travel Diaries this Sunday 30 June

 

 

Trying to socially engineer the world’s population is not easy, especially when you discover that a pair of reluctant time travellers keep on getting in the way of your plan.
The problems started when James Urquhart, living in 2015, was enjoying a walk in the countryside and stumbled upon Elizabeth Bicester at a cricket match at Hamgreen in 1873.

If only Time would stay where it is, it would be a lot easier for everyone.

Three volumes of the Time Travel Diaries of James Urquart and Elizabeth Bicester.

Free on Kindle this Sunday 30 June.

 

Mars and the Time Travel Diaries

Mars mapThis is where the Martians live of course.
I have always been fascinated by Mars and have enjoyed reading about how our view of Mars has changed over the last hundred years. When I was a child it was just a small red ball, half the size of the Earth, with what looked like ice caps on the poles made of water or dry ice which expanded and contracted with the seasons and the surface covered in strange ever-changing markings.

Like many children I painstakingly made drawings of the ‘canali’ of Mars, first described by the Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli in 1877, which everyone knows was apparently mistranslated into English as “canals” and put a lot of SF writers on the gravy train.
Despite the paucity of data, there was much discussion on whether Mars was habitable with the general conclusion that Mars was a barren place, could not support life, and mars canalsdevoid of water and the marking were just the effect of erosion caused by the Martian winds.
Personally I always thought the redness of Mars was due to rust formed by the reaction of iron, water and air and this suggested that the Mars once had oxygen and there had been vast quantities of water at or near the surface. Which just goes to show how easy it is to form an opinion on a matter with no credible knowledge or evidence of the subject what so ever.
However, when Mariner 4 went to Mars in the 1960’s its analysis seemed to confirm the majority opinion that the place was quite uninhabitable for the likes of us. With a surface pressure of only a few thousandths of earth’s our bodily fluids would rapidly boil when they were not being frozen by temperatures down to -100C.
There was one optimistic note for life though which I clung on to. The temperature at the equator could rise up 20C.
All this gloom, I was glad to see, was transformed by Mars Orbiter and the NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor amazing maps of Mars and the surface analysis carried out by Spirit and Opportunity which gave conclusive evidence that vast quantities of liquid water existed at some time in the past and was still present at or near the surface.
To get an idea of what the topology and geology of Mars looks like go to the Google’s Map of Mars and Wikipedia’s Geology of Mars

For my novels on Mars I have selected the northern area around the Tharis Volcanoes and the Mariner Valley as my main locations. I was particularly fascinated by the Tharis volcanoes by their almost artificial looking alignment and the massive Mons Olympus, the tallest volcano in the solar system, rising behind it.
I postulated that the northern hemisphere, most of which is a smooth depression, was once the Martian Sea and the Mariner Valley was a great river fed from underground lakes in the region of the Tharis and Olympus volcanoes which flowed down to the bay of the Chryse Planitia. This apparently wasn’t too far from the truth as results from the Global Survey suggest that the immense equatorial Mariner Valley, almost 4000 km long, was actually formed by a catastrophic release of underground water!
To meet the Martians in my novels I had to find a way to get under the surface of Mars. I thought of entering via the volcano summits or imagined caves in the cliffs of the valleys. But then I found that NASA’s Odyssey spacecraft had spotted seven almost perfectly circular pits or cave on the flanks of the Tharis Arsia Mons volcanos. mars cavern1The entrances to these pits were 100 to 250 metres wide and were thought to be up to 100 metres deep. My view is that we will eventually find a vast cavern network beneath them left by the massive lakes of water that erupted and flowed across the plain to form the Mariner valley complex. The holes I think are just puncture marks in the cavern roofs caused by meteorites.
Anyway these gave me a ‘credible’ entrances into the Martian world I was looking for. I would not be surprised if whatever form the Martians might exist this is where we will find them.

A description of what they look like can be found here.

An Introduction into how I wrote the Time Travel Diaries

If you are reading the Time Travel Diaries for the first time you may find the format unusual. That is because they are written in the form of an epistolary novel whereby the diaries of the two main characters, Elizabeth and James, are combined and then narrated in a sequence by a fictional author, Professor Rolleston.
The reason for this was simple. I wanted the hero and heroine to present the adventure from their own perspectives.

So how did I do it?

My original intention was to write a simple story by someone in the distant future who finds two diaries locked together in an old box. One written by a James Urquhart from 2015 and the other by an Elizabeth Bicester, a Victorian lady of means. At first the finder of the diaries believes they are some form of hoax for which the meaning is not clear. However, in the process of reading the story and analysis of the diary material he is led to the conclusion that they were written by two lovers who had actually lived a hundred years apart and if that was true demonstrated that time travel was possible.

In order to put this in a novel I first thought the simplest way was to just write extracts verbatim from each diary alternatively in chronological order. First James, then Elizabeth then James and so on. This I hoped would allow me to write from each other’s perspective. This was quite important because I was concerned that if I wrote from the point of view of just one of them I would not be able to get inside the mind of the other and understand and develop his or her character. Of course that might just be a limitation on my abilities to write a story, but I certainly felt I could not write about Elizabeth unless I was Elizabeth.

However, I quickly discovered this not only put rigid constraints on the telling of the story but actually made it sound like I had just cut up two diaries in sections and pasted them together. I then did some research on this format and discovered that what I was trying to devise was apparently called an ‘epistolary’: a novel containing an exchange of letters or in modern day form a set of emails between two persons (see Jane Austen’s Lady Susan, Bram Stoker’s Dracula or Shelley’s Frankenstein for an example). However, this still wasn’t what I wanted.

I then considered putting each person’s story as a separate chapter, but I could see immediately that I was in danger of just repeating the story in alternate chapters. There was also the difficulty of choosing a good ending to one chapter and then trying to put it in a different form in the next chapter. It wasn’t going to work.

Still not wanting to abandon either person I then thought of a different tact. I would use a fictional author to narrate the diaries. I decided that the finder of the diaries, Mr Rolleston, would write the story but still in the form of alternate passages from each diary but in the character of Elizabeth and James. By this method the story progressed; first one then the other took turn to tell the story and also where appropriate, or inappropriate, making comment about each other. This was much more fun as it allowed me to introduce banter and humour. This format also allowed me to introduce conversations into the text which is of course an essential part of any novel.

Thus I was able to re-establish the flow of the story and keep the concept of the diaries. But more importantly it gave me the freedom to write ‘in character”.

I hope that makes sense and help readers to follow the stories.

Any comments are welcome

Thank you.

Bruce Macfarlane

Author of  THE TIME TRAVEL DIARIES OF JAMES URQUHART AND ELIZABETH BICESTER

Bibliography of Arthurian Literature

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Just updated the bibliography for my book ‘Notes on Arthurian Literature’ which is available at Amazon.

An introduction to my notes can be found here

 

 

 

Bibliography on Arthurian Literature

1 Malory. Mort D’Arthur, Vol 1. J. M. Dent
2 Malory. Mort D’Arthur, Vol 2. J. M. Dent
3 Malory’s Works. Mort D’Arthur: Winchester Edition. Oxford
4 Nenius. British History and the Welsh Annals. Phillimore
5 Monmouth, Geoffrey. History of the Kings of Britain. Penguin
6 Wace & Layamon. Arthurian Chronicles. J. M. Dent
7 Layamon. Brut. J. M. Dent
8 Eschenbach, Wolfram. Parzival. Penguin
9 Guest, Lady Charlotte. Mabinogion. J. M. Dent 10 Mabinogion: Penguin 1976
Jones, Gwyn & Thomas Jones. Mabinogion. J. M. Dent
Davies, Sioned. Mabinogion. OUP.
11 Chretien de Troyes. Arthurian Romance. Tr. W.W. Comfort. J. M. Dent
12 Chretien de Troyes. Percival: The Story of the Grail. D.S. Brewer
13 Bryant, Nigel. Perlesvaus-The High History of the Holy Grail: D.S. Brewer
14 Bruce J. D. Evolution of Arthurian Romance: Peter Smith 1958 15 Loomis R.S. Arthurian Literature in the Middle Ages. OUP. 16 Aneirin. Gododdin. Welsh Classics.1990
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18 Dumville, David. Britons and Anglo-Saxons in the Early Middle Ages: Variorum 1993
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23 Tours, Gregory. The History of the Franks. Penguin
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28 Malmesbury, William. The Kings before the Norman Conquest. Llanerch 1989
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Anglo Saxon Chronicles. Tr Michael Swanton. Phoenix Press 2000.
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37 Laymon & Wace. Arthurian Chronicles: Roman du Brut and Laymon’s Brut. J. M. Dent
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39 Morris, John. The Age of Arthur, Vol 2. Phillimore.
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40 Thomas, Charles. Tintagel- Arthur and Archaeology. Batsford
41 Monmouth, Geoffrey. Vita Merlini. Translated by J. J. Parry. 1926
42 Wales, Gerald of. De Instructione Principis-on the Instruction of a Prince. Tr. by Scott McLetchie. Medieval Source Book 1994
43 Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Penguin.
44 Spence, Lewis. Celtic Myths and Legend. Gresham. 45 Beroul. The Romance of Tristan. Penguin 1970
46 Strassburg, Gotfried von. Tristan. Penguin 1976
47 Tacitus. The Annals. Book 15
48 Procopius. History of the Later Roman Empire, Vol 2 xxii-xxxiii. Tr. J.B.Bury.
49 History of the Wars Books III and IV The Vandalic War.: Tr. H.B. Dewing.
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59 The High History of the Holy Grail, Vol. 1 and 2. J. M. Dent 60 Map, Walter. Quest of the Holy Grail. Penguin 1969 61 Chretien de Troyes. Perceval ou Le Roman du Graal. Folio (French)
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73 Mathews, John. The Song of Taliesin. Aquarian Press 1991
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82 Wood, Ian. The Merovingian Kingdoms. Longman 1994 83 Caesar Julius. The Conquest of Gaul. Penguin 84 Herodtius. The Histories. Penguin.
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The Webs of Time- Available now on Amazon

websoftimecover1Here are seven short stories from the time travel diaries of James Urquhart, minor scientist, who lived in 2015 and Elizabeth Bicester whom he met at cricket match in 1873.

They are narrated by Professor Rolleston who discovered the original diaries and who spent his life, when not hunting fairies, trying to understand their contents and the reasons for their existence.–~–Three of the stories, Northern Nights, A Holiday in Cornwall and the Haunted Mill, previously appeared in Three Tales Out of Time.

Available on Amazon

 

Entangled in Time

In this narration is an example of where the time lines of our intrepid Time Travellers have somehow crossed with strange consequences.

Time Fracture

A difficulty with assembling the diaries into a chronological order is that many are fragmentary and originate from different time lines. It is akin to constructing a jig saw puzzle of a picture with pieces from a number of puzzles all of the same image but cut differently.
But there are some which do not fit at all. Their stories end strangely as though the time travellers were somehow trapped or caught in a temporal eddy.
Perhaps you can better understand what I mean by reading this example:

On Mars the Waves Are Really High

The creature known by the name ‘Peters’ appears rarely in the diaries. However I have gleamed sufficient information to conclude that he may originate from an ancient race of time travellers that had the ability to alter time. I am not certain whether his race still exists here or resides in another universe but what is certain is that on at least two occasions he appears in the diaries at a time of imminent catastrophe and is able to move Urquhart and Bicester across space-time without effort to avert the crisis.
Why he and the Martians have such interest in the diarists is an enigma. But no doubt they have discovered that Urquhart and Bicester have acquired special abilities which is advantageous to them.
I hope eventually, as new fragments of the diaries appear, to find how they acquired these abilities for I believe it is key to our survival.
In this narration from the diaries we find Peters has sent the diarists back to a distant past to avert the destruction of Earth and Mars.

Three Tales Out of Time

Here are three short stories from the Time Travel Diaries selected by Elizabeth of holidays the couple took while ‘resting’ from their time travels.
As usual in my narrations of the diaries I have assigned a J. for James Urquhart and E. for Elizabeth Bicester.

Northern Nights
The Haunted Mill
A Holiday in Cornwall

In the Beginning. Or Was It?

In my original publication of the diaries I recorded that I had found them bound together in a copper chest during an auction sale at Miss Bicester’s home at Hamgreen. However, I omitted the circumstances by which I became aware of their existence.
The reason was simple. I had been charged with making sense of the diaries and assembling them into a chronological order and this task kept me fully occupied for over a year. However, as I progressed through the diaries I began to feel that they were not just a record of the time travellers’ lives but something more. They seemed to have a life of their own and I began to wonder whether the means by which they came to my attention was a necessary and integral part of their existence!
I could not put my finger on it at first until I came across an entry in Miss Bicester’s diary regarding a discussion where she and Mr Urquhart wondered whether they were actually real and had free will or were under the influence of unknown forces. They were concerned that during their journeys through time they were not in control of their actions. They were especially suspicious of H G Wells who often appeared at opportune moments to nudge them in a certain direction to assist with a quest and had great interest in their diaries. I must confess he is an enigma for he states in one entry that he has the ability to have what he referred to as ‘out of time’ experiences and see the future! I have gleamed a little from the Martians on this and gathered that not only is he well known to them but I have the distinct impression that they often assist him or use him to alter futures or pasts for their own benefit.
However Miss Bicester’s entry fed upon my unease for it suggested that the diaries somehow dictated rather than recorded their action. In other words the time travellers were or are constrained within a time-trap from which they are unable to escape.
As I pondered on this, the unusual means by which I became involved with the diaries began to prey on my mind and I began to wonder whether I was part of the diaries as well. Because of this I believe it would be helpful if I have presented here a brief resume of how I arrived at the diaries in the hope that it may shed further light on their importance.

The Webs of Time- Short Stories

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I’m just finishing a book of short stories from the Time Travel Diaries of James Urquhart and Elizabeth Bicester which will be entitled The Webs of Time and hope to publish by Christmas.

As usual the stories are narrated by Professor Rolleston who discovered the original diaries and who spent his life, when not hunting fairies, trying to understand their contents and the reasons for their existence.

Entangled in Time

An example of where our reluctant Time Travellers’ time lines have somehow crossed with strange consequences.

Time Fracture

A fragment of the diaries where somehow the time travellers are trapped or caught in a temporal eddy.

On Mars the Waves are Really High

In this narration from the diaries we find James and Elizabeth caught in the “The Magic Shop” and sent back to a distant past to avert the destruction of Earth and Mars.

Three Tales Out of Time
Northern Nights
The Haunted Mill
A Holiday in Cornwall

If you ever find yourself going out with a Victorian lady and you feel the need to impress her with your romantic skills, I would suggest taking her night clubbing in Hartlepool, camping in Cornwall or touring in the remote parts of France should be immediately crossed off your list.
Three humorous and almost spooky stories from the Time Travel Diaries of James Urquhart and Elizabeth Bicester.

In the Beginning. Or was it?

Here the narrator, Rolleston, describes how he found the diaries
–~–

Three of the stories, Northern Nights, A Holiday in Cornwall and the Haunted Mill, previously appeared in Three Tales Out of Time.