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WIN a copy of The Peacock Summer by Hannah Richell, set in the Chilterns!

15th September 2019

The Peacock Summer by Hannah RichellWin a hardback copy of The Peacock Summer by Hannah Richell, set in the beautiful Chilterns.

Hidden deep in the dusty wing of an old manor house stands a locked room, forgotten by all – except one. Sixty years ago Lillian Oberon was mistress of Cloudesley, until one glittering summer, when a doomed love affair changed her life forever.

Now frail and muddled, Lillian is the sole guardian of Cloudesley, and of its dark secrets. Only when Maggie, her devoted granddaughter, returns to nurse her – and her own heartbreak – do the walls of the past begin to crumble, threatening to bring the tragic consequences of that summer to light…

Can Maggie unlock her family’s tangled history, before all she holds dear is lost forever?


There are Peacocks in the garden at Cloudesley, when the house is at its social peak and visitors are plenty. Which birds do you most like seeing in your garden? Just leave a comment below, here, on this blogpost, in the Comments Section. Do this by midnight, 28th September and it’s open internationally.  First name out of the hat!!!

Good luck. It’s an excellent read!!!

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  1. User: tripfiction

    Posted on: 01/10/2019 at 11:52 am

    Sarah B’s name came out of the hat!!!


  2. User: Helen Jones

    Posted on: 26/09/2019 at 3:33 pm

    We have a small garden but have lots of birds and my favourite is a robin that is so tame


  3. User: Sarah B

    Posted on: 26/09/2019 at 2:47 pm

    Robins, as they remind me of my grandad! When I used to help him in the garden, we always saw a little robin.


  4. User: Julian Lees

    Posted on: 21/09/2019 at 2:47 am

    I love the Chilterns!


  5. User: Alyson Read

    Posted on: 19/09/2019 at 6:35 pm

    Owls – hearing them, never seeing them!


  6. User: Flik Foster

    Posted on: 17/09/2019 at 6:13 pm

    I love seeing robins in the winter 🙂


  7. User: Annegret

    Posted on: 17/09/2019 at 4:48 am

    I love the sound of the woodpeckers!


  8. User: Bonnie K.

    Posted on: 17/09/2019 at 4:04 am

    My favorite bird that visits our garden is the hummingbird. We also have many others that visit. Sadly, I’m not sure what some of them are other than the magpies and mourning doves.


  9. User: Lynn Brown

    Posted on: 16/09/2019 at 7:20 pm

    I love to see the robin – so cheerful


  10. User: Barbara Khan

    Posted on: 16/09/2019 at 3:44 pm

    I love cardinals. Their vibrant color against the green and brown is always cheerful.


  11. User: Anna M

    Posted on: 16/09/2019 at 11:52 am

    I have a pair of Rosellas that feed from the seeds of my pepper tree and I am hopeful that in a few months there might be babies to join them. I love the wonderful colours of their feathers.


  12. User: Ruth Harwood

    Posted on: 16/09/2019 at 7:43 am

    this looks like a great read! Followed on twitter as @ruth120067 and crossing my fingers!!


  13. User: Leah Tonna

    Posted on: 16/09/2019 at 7:22 am

    I love to watch the small birds at the feeding stations in my garden. The agile bluetits, pretty finches, & the cheeky robin that watches me through the window until I take him his snacks.


  14. User: Heidi

    Posted on: 15/09/2019 at 11:52 pm

    I love our little blue wrens, they are so cute!


  15. User: Lana Hood

    Posted on: 15/09/2019 at 10:12 pm

    I like the Robin. They often build nests in our grapes.


  16. User: Felicity Grace Terry

    Posted on: 15/09/2019 at 9:51 pm

    Give me a spuggy anytime with perhaps a robin at Christmas


  17. User: Maureen Julian

    Posted on: 15/09/2019 at 9:29 pm

    I see robins, blackbirds, magpies and jays daily in my garden. Robins are probably my favourite – because they follow me round whilst I’m gardening hoping to find worms.


  18. User: Nerys

    Posted on: 15/09/2019 at 9:09 pm

    This looks like a fabulous read 🙂


  19. User: Amy Bamaca Rodriguez

    Posted on: 15/09/2019 at 9:00 pm



  20. User: Linda Rumsey

    Posted on: 15/09/2019 at 8:16 pm

    We love to see woodpeckers at our bird feeders


  21. User: Jackie Robinson

    Posted on: 15/09/2019 at 7:58 pm

    I like the woodpeckers that visit our nuts and the little nuthatches.


  22. User: Louise Page

    Posted on: 15/09/2019 at 7:48 pm

    Definitely robins. Our children were brought up believing that the robins were checking on their behaviour over the year for Father Christmas.


  23. User: julie ryan

    Posted on: 15/09/2019 at 7:33 pm

    Love peacocks even though they are meant to be unlucky. I have two flamingo ornaments in my garden that always cheer me up.


  24. User: Jo

    Posted on: 15/09/2019 at 7:30 pm



  25. User: Claire Harris

    Posted on: 15/09/2019 at 7:00 pm

    I love to see Robins in my garden as they were my Mum’s favourite bird & when I see one, I feel as if I’m getting an avian email from her!


  26. User: Sars Hill

    Posted on: 15/09/2019 at 6:32 pm

    There are peacocks in the grounds of Newstead Abbey which is where Lord Byron lived and loved! They are very noisy!


  27. User: Judy Smith

    Posted on: 15/09/2019 at 6:15 pm

    We have a little Robin that’s with us most of the year.we have some blackbirds too.


  28. User: Andrea Hedgcock

    Posted on: 15/09/2019 at 5:27 pm

    Jays! We get one on rare occasions but it is so beautiful on our bird bath.


  29. User: Susan Illis

    Posted on: 15/09/2019 at 5:21 pm



  30. User: penny-sue wolfe

    Posted on: 15/09/2019 at 5:16 pm

    I most like seeing the woodpeckers in our garden


  31. User: Jane Willis

    Posted on: 15/09/2019 at 5:13 pm

    I love to see the shyer birds like wrens, nuthatches, jays and woodpeckers because it feels like such a privilege when they come into the garden. And although they aren’t shy at all, I love seeing families of goldfinches feasting on the seedheads in the flower beds. We never dead head seeding flowers any more because the goldfinches enjoy them so much.


  32. User: Janine Phillips

    Posted on: 15/09/2019 at 5:11 pm

    I always love to see Robins in my garden x


  33. User: Rachel Hall

    Posted on: 15/09/2019 at 5:04 pm

    Sparrows in South London suburbia – so delicate and detest bullying magpie’s


  34. User: Linda Smith

    Posted on: 15/09/2019 at 4:31 pm

    Roadrunners! We see them in the garden all the time!


  35. User: Dan Smith

    Posted on: 15/09/2019 at 4:28 pm

    Wood Pigeons


  36. User: Miriam Smith

    Posted on: 15/09/2019 at 4:27 pm

    A robin in the snow at Christmas ⛄️


  37. User: Gabriella

    Posted on: 15/09/2019 at 4:24 pm

    Love seeing Magpies in my garden, especially when there are a few and they warble to each other