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Thames Valley Tales is a collection of short stories based on the author's experiences of living in London and Thames Valley towns. They combine contemporary tales with the rich history and mythology of an area stretching from London beyond Oxford into the heart of rural England.

The collection includes 'Maidenhead Thicket', selected as short story of the month by a US-based online magazine - described as 'a very nicely rendered story', and features the ghost of the legendary highwayman, Dick Turpin. 'The White Horse' is a story built around the famous white horse carving on the Berkshire Downs, recently dated as being 1000 years older than previously thought.

'Murder at Henley Regatta' is an intriguing whodunit, and 'The Colnbrook Caper' is a pacey crime thriller. 'The Grey Lady' is a historical ghost story, and 'The Merry Women of Windsor' is an updating of Shakespeare's classic comedy play.

Thames Valley Tales oscillates from light-hearted to dark historical and at times humorous stories ideally suited to bedtime or holiday reading that will amuse, delight and, hopefully, inform the reader about the rich history of the Thames Valley as it winds 215 miles from the Gloucestershire countryside through London and out to the North Sea.

The book also has a factual chapter describing the landscape through which the 184 mile Thames Path passes. It is a walk through history and the natural beauty of England that can be completed in 4-5 days.

Other stories include 'Runnymede Rebellion', recently selected for inclusion in 'Echoes of Liberty' anthology by the Agorist Writer's Workshop, which reflects on the legacy of Magna Carta and the true meaning of personal freedom; 'The Devil's Highway' deals with a section of the Roman road from London to Bath; 'The Seesaw Sea of Fate' follows two former work mates on a pub crawl through London, with many literary references along the way.

Each story has been thoughtfully constructed and the historical and factual references have been carefully researched. These stories were written over a three year period from 2012-2015, when the author was in a reflective mood at home whilst battling various medical problems including cancer. A common theme, life along the Thames Valley, became apparent in early 2015 when the book started to take shape.

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Tim Walker

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