A former journalist from Australia who graduated with majors in history and politics, I’m now a cross genre writer who is also a farmer, dog owner, gardener and embroiderer.

I didn’t plan to be a writer in those early days, I was far more a reader. But like most writers, I’ve always written – seeing the world through the medium of the word. It was inevitable that I become an independent writer simply because I love being at the cutting edge of something and together with many other ‘indies’, being at the forefront of the New Age of Writing and Publishing is like being a sea captain in the Age of Exploration. And I’ve been fortunate – winning gold medals, silver medals and honourable mentions for my work and to have them ranking unbroken in the UK for their entire published life!

I try to make time for other things in life. I love wine, chocolate and cooking delectable cakes and biscuits. I mess about in my gardens, dirt under the fingernails and a plant catalogue alongside a cup of tea. I stitch (I love needle and silks) – to wind down. I walk (a lot) with the Jack Russells but more than anything, I like being on beaches, boats or the water – being by the sea is implicit for my writing to sing.


Prue Batten


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From the Blog


Life on the land…

A huge day working on the farm today. Too tired to cook dinner so we will have fish and chips…


Too tired to write Tobias out of his next trauma. Almost too tired to write a blog.

Instead, as the mellow yellow of late afternoon cast it’s caul over the farm and the shadows lengthened and the light became soft and dream-filled, I took my camera and tried to let it write a blog for me…

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Dank, dark and medieval?

I often wonder how I got myself so deeply entrenched in the twelfth century. If one takes the TV or movie image of that era, it’s represented by mud, damp and ell upon ell of brown or taupe cloth which has been hastily cut and roughly sewn together to make tunics.


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What is it about contentment?

The dictionary defines the word as ‘ease of mind’ but rather unusually, it’s plain old Wiki that gives me the best definition: ‘ Colloquially, contentment is simply a way of accepting one’s life state and being grateful or happy with it.’

Yes and yes again…

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‘The poppies blow…’

Today the world remembers those who lost their lives during the battle at Gallipoli, Turkey, in 1915. They were chaps who landed at the beaches under hopeless odds and who kept themselves and their mates going even when they knew it was pointless…

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Our village pop-up cinema is showing Paddington this coming Tuesday and patrons have been invited to bring Paddington with them. When I became pregnant with my daughter 36 years ago, my parents bought a Paddington Bear for the baby, not knowing what sex it would be – the baby that is, not the bear. At great cost for the time, they purchased a delightful bear that was made in the UK and which was as big as the eventual baby girl.

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Witches’ Brew…

In between writing Tobias, I’m in the throes of making chutney from the largesse from our orchard. We’ve already frozen stacks of nectarines and apricots for all things jammy, desserty and cakey. (That word – cakey. Reminds me so much of the late M.m. Bennetts – writer of the most extraordinarily good historical fiction set in the Napoleonic Wars. Cakey was definitely her thing.)


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