Some photos of the wonderful new walk from Capital Walks, guided by Sue McCarthy which I joined yesterday. The walk highlights the work of Ada Salter and her beautification committee, which turned some of Bermondsey's sootiest slums into green oases during the 1920's and 30's. Ada Salter features in my novel Jam & Roses and for anyone interested in Ada, or in seeing some of the locations in my novels, this walk is a fascinating introduction.


Wilson Grove, the garden city the Salters created in Bermondsey. Still planted with Roses!


The saplings planted by the Beautification Committee, a hundred years on now a leafy avenue.



I meet my heroine! A statue of Ada Salter which stands by the river not far from the Bermondsey Settlement where she first worked in Bermondsey.



Dr Salter's Day Dream. (The original was stolen for its metal value and has been replaced after a local fund raising campaign.)



Standing on one of the 'patches of asphalt' purchased by Ada with a view to planting them with flowers or turning them into playgrounds. Now prime riverside plots!

Posted 14th May 2017



Here is a preview of the beautiful new cover artwork for the paperback edition, due out 4th May 2017.

Bourbon Creams pbk cvr thumb



29th January - 7th February 2017


I am very excited to be taking part in a blog tour next week. I will be answering questions, guest posting and giving away copies of Bourbon Creams and Tattered Dreams. Here is the schedule so far:

29th January

Chicklit uncovered - Extract from Bourbon Creams and Tattered Dreams

30th Jan

Parmenion books. Mary Gibson guest post

31st Jan

23 Review Street - Review and extract

1st Feb

Rachel Bustin - Giveaway of 2 copies of Bourbon Creams and Tattered Dreams, plus a review.

 2nd Feb

A Sky Filled with Sparkling Stars. Review.

 3rd Feb

The Bookbag - Giveaway of 3 copies of Bourbon Creams and Tattered Dreams

 4th Feb

With Love for Books - Review

Suze (Anniek and Suze) - Review.

 5th Feb

Debra’s Book Cafe - Q&A with Mary Gibson

 6th Feb

Chicklit Club Connect - Guest post by Mary Gibson

 7th Feb

My Merri Way - event TBC

Posted 27th January 2017


Endeavour Press Virtual Historical Festival 18th-22nd April 2016

I am excited to be taking part in the Endeavour Press Virtual Historical Festival next week. There will be live Q&A's from over thirty authors and Endeavour Press will be running competitions and giving away FREE BOOKS!

I will be answering readers questions live on Good Reads, from 10.00am on Monday 18th April.

Meanwhile you can read more about my inspiration for GUNNER GIRLS AND FIGHTER BOYS on the Historical Festival Blog page

Posted 8th April 2016


World Book Night visit to Lancashire Libraries

As part of the World Book Night celebrations I visited Blackburn and Accrington libraries to speak about my novels and was given a very warm Lancashire welcome. As someone who owes such a lot to my own childhood library, it was a privilege to speak in two such wonderful institutions. The audiences were full of intelligent questions and Accrington's edible display for Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts was a delicious bonus! 

Mary Gibson and Accrington Librarian Heather Pittman. World Book Night 2015

Mary Gibson and Accrington Librarian Heather Pittman. World Book Night 2015

Posted 27th April 2015

Copies of the World Book Night edition of Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts arrive at John Harvard Library

Mary Gibson with World Book Night volunteers.

Mary Gibson with World Book Night volunteers.

Posted 27th April 2015

Blackburn and Accrington Libraries Events for World Book Night

I will be talking about my books at Blackburn and Accrington Libraries on 23rd April.

See the World Book Night site for details

Posted 16th April 2015

Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts selected for

World Book Night - 23rd April 2015

I am thrilled that 'Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts' has been selected as one of the 20 titles to be given away on World Book Night 2015.  World Book Night is a marvellous initiative which I’m very proud to be part of.  An annual celebration of reading and books, it sees passionate volunteers give out hundreds of thousands of books in their communities to share their love of reading with people who don’t read regularly or own books. World Book Night is run by The Reading Agency, a national charity that inspires people to become confident and enthusiastic readers to help give them an equal chance in life.

Click here to view other book selected for this event.

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