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This story first began to take shape with my fascination with history and especially my adopted town of Boston in Lincolnshire. Maybe you are like I was and think that the only Boston is in America. The original, it turns out is in a fen market town in England, two plus hours from London where the river Witham meets the sea. This town is home to St Botolphs, affectionately known as ‘The Stump,’ a Church that, at the time of the Pilgrim Fathers, was the tallest buiding in the world.

Boston Stump (St Botolphs)  The Window and the Cotton Chapel mentioned in the book. Today the old damaged flagstones have been replaced with timber.
This town was, in fact where the Pilgrim Fathers were originally imprisoned, in the Guildhall, before they finally escaped persecution and eventually found their way to the United States where they built their own Boston.

The Guildhall (built in 1390) Its Cells and The Council Chamber/Courtroom
When I was young I worked for a time out of a dingy office in Chancery Lane, London where the boss was a retired M15 officer and my immediate superior an ex military intelligence Captain. The main character in the novel is based on the Captain and not, as many thought, myself. I found the work we were engaged in far too dangerous and eventually left to find safer employment. I did however hear lots of stories from these two characters, learned much and surprisingly retain much of this education to this day.
Dingy 1960's Chancery Lane Office and Dick's Favourite Restaurant in London 

I have been fortunate enough to have dined at all the restaurants mentioned in the book and to visit them all would be a pilgrimage that I would recommend to everyone.
Most of the historical characters in the book we're real people that actually lived and breathed the lives that are written about. The research was a voyage of discovery that I enjoyed immensely and helped in envisioning the characters as I believe they would have been in their various periods in history. As to the current day characters I have drawn much on my own experience and a very vivid imagination that has sometimes been a curse but in this instance a welcome gift. I can only hope that you enjoy reading this story as much as I enjoyed writing it.



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