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David Smith was born in Warwickshire in 1961. He studied Economics at Cambridge and has worked in industry for over 30 years, including periods in Switzerland, the USA and Turkey. He is currently a Chief Financial Officer and lives in West Sussex with his wife and three teenage children. David published his first novel, Searching for Amber, in 2014, and his second, Death in Leamington, in 2015.
A fictional travelogue of Finn, a free-spirited American and budding travel writer, journeying around Europe and the Middle East in the 1970’s. Letters to Strabo is an evocative, candid and life-affirming coming of age story with a strong sense of place that will appeal to readers who enjoy literary travel writing.David Smith has also written Searching for Amber, Death in Leamington and Love in Lindfield.
Much more than just a romance, this tale runs alongside enticing snippets from the life of stained glass master Charles Eamer Kempe who was born in 1837. Kempe lived in Lindfield and associated with some of the most noteworthy people from the Arts and Crafts Movement and Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. In ‘Love in Lindfield’ David Smith has updated the plot from ‘The Spoils of Poynton’ by Henry James, and two houses, Old Place (where Kempe lived) and the fictional Poynting’s sit centre stage in the story. While Ellie finds herself cataloguing the contents of Old Place, Harry researches locations for a BBC drama, at the same time information on Kempe and his contemporaries is discovered. With a mix of fact and fiction coiling and twisting around each other, this is an interesting and very readable tale. ~ Liz Robinson
Arthur Kenney-Herbert was a cavalry officer who served in India during the British Raj. Using the pen name Wyvern, he wrote Culinary Jottings For Madras in which he gives instructions to British memsahibs on how to manage their servants, give refined dinners, and make Anglo-Indian curries. The book was a huge success, and made Wyvern famous in colonial India. When he retired to England at the rank of colonel, Wyvern built on his reputation as a culinary authority. He founded a cookery school, gave cooking demonstrations, and wrote books and articles for prestigious magazines. In this lively and fascinating biography, food historian and author of The Curry House website David Smith charts Wyvern's life and times, recreates his classic recipe for Madras Chicken Curry, and considers his legacy as a Victorian celebrity chef.