THE FIRST BOOK

It took me just three months to write Meat Market, a novel that recounts two days in the lives and loves of a London recruitment agency. An obvious choice of subject, easy to write, with an Essex "heroine" and a multiple viewpoint approach – but it took two years to find a publisher (with very limited marketing).

Meat Market

Meat Market is for you if you enjoy office politics or if you've ever wondered about the attraction of toy-boys...

Meat Market

AND THEN

Obviously, I did not want to spend so much time "placing" a book, especially when marketing budgets for novels are spent on established authors who don't need it, rather than beginners... an interesting dichotomy.

So what next? My son, of all people, provided an answer. He likes "list" books and couldn't find a list of "famous" people from the area we live in – Southend-on-Sea. So I approached some non-fiction publishers and managed to get some interest for this project... the result, the first of my local history books, now out of print, so contact me if you are having trouble getting hold of a copy.

People who Mattered in Southend and Beyond

People who Mattered in Southend and Beyond (from King Canute to Dr Feelgood) looks back at the people who made the town what it is today. Writers, actors, a mountaineer, a cartoonist, a murderer...

People Who Mattered

One thing certainly leads to another. As I gained experience in writing, in researching, in approaching editors, more local history books followed in reasonably rapid succession. In 2008 I did self-publish an anthology of poetry about infamous women written over a number of years (Bad Girls) because poetry is even harder to place than novels! This book, too, is available by contacting me direct.

Southend Memories

A nostalgic look back at the 50s and 60s, the town's heyday.

Southend Memories

Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in and around Southend-on-Sea

Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in and around Southend-on-Sea looks at real life crime in the area from the 13th to 20th century.

Foul Deeds in Southend

Bad Girls

An anthology in praise of the notorious, the naughty, but not omitting the downright nasty...

Bad Girls

Infamous Essex Women

Royal mistresses, murderers and the rest.

Infamous Essex Women by Dee Gordon

Essex's Own

Contemporary and historic figures who spent their formative years in the county – including a few surprises.

Essex's Own by Dee Gordon

The Little Book of Essex

Entertaining bite-sized pieces of historic and contemporary trivia... Be amused and amazed at the stories and history of Essex's landscape, towns, villages, heritage, buildings and, above all, its people.

The Little Book of Essex by Dee Gordon

Voices of Stepney

Anyone who knows Stepney, as resident, visitor, or ex-resident, will be amused and entertained, surprised and moved by these stories of the 50s and 60s.

Voices of Stepney by Dee Gordon

Southend at War

Vivid memories are recounted within these pages - with Land Army girls, evacuees and members of the forces and the Home Guard, plus memories passed down through the generations recalling WW1 in Southend. This book looks at how the town was affected during both wars of the 20th century.

Southend at War by Dee Gordon

The Little Book of the East End

Funny, fast-paced, fact-packed compendium of frivolous, fantastic or simply strange information. A reference book and a quirky guide to dip into time and time again.

Little Book of The East End by Dee Gordon

Haunted Southend

A revealing collection of tales from around the town includes ghostly sightings in Prittlewell Priory, ominous sounds and smells on the seafront and tales of mysterious shapes at the town's pubs and taverns.

Haunted Southend by Dee Gordon

Little Book of the 1960s

The sights, sounds and lifestyle of the 1960s experience can be relived through the pages of this book, but be warned - you'll need a sense of humour. Quirky facts and fascinating data covering the whole of the U.K. - not to mention the rest of the world.

Little Book of the Sixties by Dee Gordon

Not a Guide to Southend-on-Sea

This is not a guidebook. This little book brings together past and present to offer a taste of Southend-on-Sea. Learn about the movers and shakers who shaped this fantastic town. The great and the good; the bad and the ugly. Small wonders, tall stories, TRIUMPH and tragedy. Best places – worst places. Local lingo, architecture, green spaces, events, traditions, fact, fiction. Origins, evolution, future. Written by a local who knows what makes SOUTHend-on-sea tick.

Not a Guide to Southend-on-Sea, Book Cover

The Secret History of Southend-on-Sea

A book full of intriguing information on the incredible residents, visitors and events that have played a part in Southend’s story. Southend-on-Sea, the largest town in Essex, has had an amazingly rich history,and this book collects together hundreds of little-known facts and anecdotes that will make you see the town in a new light.

Not a Guide to Southend-on-Sea, Book Cover

Essex Land Girls

This book not only includes interviews with some of the last surviving land girls but also contains a wealth of material unearthed in diaries, letters and in the stories handed down from one generation to the next about women in Essex who were, literally, wearing the trousers. They were not all local girls, and many arrived from the cities never having seen a cow or a tractor before. But the British spirit persevered, and the wit and camaraderie that serves us so well during those tumultuous years shines through in every story.

Essex Land Girls by Dee Gordon

My Little Brother, My Little Life

This novel, available as a paperback and e-book, tells the story of Linda, from the harsh abandonment of her mother, at the age of ten, through adolescence, marriage and children of her own. The one constant in Linda’s life is her little brother, Douggie, whose autism sets him apart, but at the same time, forces him to be included.

As middle-age, divorce and a new love approach, Linda is faced with a series of difficult decisions, all of which revolve around her constant feelings of guilt. She wonders whether it was her fault that her mother left; whether she did enough to help her father; whether Douggie is really happy and if there’s anything she can do about it.

My Little Brother, My Little Life

Bad Girls from History

Mistresses, murderers, smugglers, pirates, prostitutes and fanatics with hearts and souls that feature every shade of black (and grey!). From Cleopatra to Ruth Ellis, from Boudicca to Bonnie Parker, from Lady Caroline Lamb to Moll Cutpurse, from Jezebel to Ava Gardner … Less familiar names include Mary Jeffries, the Victorian brothel-keeper, Belle Starr, the American gambler and horse thief, La Voisin, the 17th century Queen of all Witches in France – but these are random names, to illustrate the variety of the content in store for all those interested in women who defy law and order, for whatever reason. The risqué, the adventurous and the outrageous, the downright nasty and the downright desperate – all human (female!) life is here. From poverty stricken backgrounds to the aristocracy, class is not a common denominator. Wicked? Misunderstood? Naïve? Foolish? Predatory? Manipulative? Or just out of their time? Read … and decide.

Bad Girls from History by Dee Gordon

COMPLETED BUT CURRENTLY UNPUBLISHED WORK

  • My Best Friend is Deaf – picture book for pre-schoolers, one of a planned series.