Ginger Black Blog

Our Ten Favourite Places

Julia Thum - Monday, October 09, 2017
This blog about our ten favourite places originally appeared on the wonderful Muddy Berkshire (http:/ website ( ( A love of the river led writing partnership Ginger Black to write their first novel Riverside Lane. The two friends – G Read More >

Our Writing Partnership

Julia Thum - Monday, May 15, 2017
This post first appeared on Being Anne (http:/ - a fabulous book review blog that is well worth a look if you're wondering what to read next! I am one of the Ginger Black writing partnership and write with my friend and neighbour Gaynor Pengelly. The two of us dreamed up the concept of a series of village mysteries wondering around Bray, walking dogs and dro Read More >

The Wisdom of Crowds

Julia Thum - Thursday, April 20, 2017
This blog about crowd funding originally appeared in the book review blog, BaattyAboutBooks (http:/ I had never heard of crowdfunding until we embarked on the path to publication for Riverside Lane. Now, having raised £9,000 through Kickstarter, I cannot believe this egalitarian, democratic form of publishing passed me by for so long. I write Read More >

Following in the Family Tradition

Julia Thum - Friday, March 31, 2017
Today we welcome to Lucy Herbert, who works as Head Skipper for The Rivertime Boat Trust to our blog. The Rivertime Boat Trust is celebrating its ten year anniversary and Julia Thum talked to Lucy, who organises over 200 riverboat trips a year for disabled and disadvantaged passengers and manages the 50 volunteer crew who make it happen. Lucy lives on a 57’ wide beam barge with her partn Read More >

Lovely Review in Towpath Talk

Julia Thum - Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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Lovely Review in The Thames Guardian

Julia Thum - Saturday, March 11, 2017
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A New Novel Set in Bray

Julia Thum - Wednesday, October 26, 2016
A LOVE OF THE RIVER was the catalyst that led two local women to pen their first novel, Riverside Lane, launching nationally 01 November. Julia Thum and Gaynor Pengelly met at the school gates in Bray and dreamed up the plot while walking their dogs along the Thames Path. The first in a series of four novels set in towns and villages along the Thames, Riverside Lane is based on a house sw Read More >

Authors For Refugees

Julia Thum - Thursday, September 22, 2016
We are proud to support Authors 4 Refugees campaign. Click the link below to join the auction for a signed limited hardback edition of Riverside Lane and two tickets to the book launch in Windsor, Berkshire at the end of October. Authors for Refugees (http:/ Read More >

Riverside Lane Launch Party

Julia Thum - Monday, July 04, 2016
We are delighted that Riverside Lane is now available in hardback format having enjoyed a fabulous launch party earlier this month at The London Review Bookshop in Bloomsbury. Over eighty guests joined us to celebrate the big event, including this year's chair of the Bailey's Women's Prize Margaret Mountford (pictured above), our publishers Momentum Co and a wonderful mixture of friends, fa Read More >

Navigating the Day

Julia Thum - Saturday, April 23, 2016
Julia Thum interviews two inspirational Bray villagers who dedicate their lives to helping disabled and disadvantaged children and adults enjoy time on the River Thames. Pat & Simon Davis founded The Rivertime Boat Trust ten years ago, after learning there were no boats on the Thames appropriate for wheelchair users. They raised £165,000 to commission their first launch, Rivertime,  Read More >