Writing a book is just the start

I have a number of talks in my diary. Since INJURED PARTIES was published in May a variety of organisations have invited me to speak to their groups about how I came to write the book, and give some insight about my research methods.

Writing and researching the story over a period of seven years was just the start!

As soon I finish the hour-long presentation and questions are asked by members of the audience, and memories of fifty years ago have been tweaked, it’s amazing how many new facts emerge.

No matter how thorough the delving into archives and searching for characters involved in the story all those years ago, there is still more to be discovered.

I noticed a comment from a reviewer on Amazon. He wrote:

I much enjoyed reading this book and trying to best guess the murderer without success! There are a lot of characters and suspects and I found the repetition useful to avoid losing track.
This was a monumental achievement to put this together without recourse to the police records and relying on the accounts of many of those that Monica interviewed some of whom may not have had very reliable memories.
Of particular interest to me was the contribution of a key witness whom I remember as a senior colleague in the early days of my career.

Bowen (494x640) (309x400)

A key witness! Now that’s really fascinating. I hope the gent who wrote this will contact me via my blog and reveal more about the key witness.

Please see Comments.

Monica Weller

2 thoughts on “Writing a book is just the start

  1. Monica – I was a medical student at Charing Cross (1960 – 1965) and in those days we learn’t a lot from the postmortems that were carried out on patients that died not only from injury but natural causes as well. We did not have the luxury of all the investigative methods that have evolved subsequently and postmortems are now carried out much less often than they were then.

    I always made a point after I had qualified to go to as many postmortems as I could on my patients that had died for whatever reason including those who died from injury to try and understand exactly why they had died.

    In 1973 I returned as a Senior Registrar in Trauma and Orthopaedics for a year to the then newly opened Charing Cross Hospital in Fulham. David Bowen was in post then and I was able to observe his work from time to time and we would both occasionally have to give evidence in Court in cases of traumatic death.

    Forensic pathologists always seemed to be a special breed in those days! David Bowen was no exception and a charming and often amusing character as well. I respected his work and enjoyed his company for these relatively short moments.


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