About Me

The grass is always greener: me and a friend
I have always enjoyed writing. My first job was as a journalist, something I loved, but after a break to bring up my family I found that 'reporting' just wasn't enough any more and I started work as a freelance feature writer, specialising in sport and history. The magazines I wrote for included 'Discover your History' and 'Who Do You Think You Are?'... and this was where my interest in social history really took off!

As well as my blog I have written three books, all about the First World War and focusing on the personal experiences of soldiers and civilians who lived through those dreadful years. Two of these books, 'Letters from the Trenches' and 'Bristol in the Great War' were published in 2014; my final book 'Dorchester, Weymouth and Portland in the Great War' came out in November 2015. My research for the books has taken me all over the country -  and abroad by email! - and has allowed me to meet many interesting and like-minded people.

Aside from writing, I am a keen cyclist, fan of American roots music, supporter of Liverpool FC, and animal lover - as the picture above may suggest!

You can contact me by email at jacwadsworth@hotmail.com

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  1. Hello, I came across your name on Twitter just now and when I realised that one of your specialist areas was Bristol, I thought I would contact you. My name is Sarah Reay and I have written a book which is being published later this year, The Half-Shilling Curate, A personal Account of War & Faith 1914-1918'. I don't know if you have heard about it or not? Anyway, my grandfather (The Half-Shilling Curate) was a newly ordained Wesleyan Methodist Minister at Grenville Wesleyan Methodist Church (Clifton area)before the war in 1914. He had spent four year at the church before going to Street (Somerset) whilst he waited to hear if he had been accepted as a volunteer to become an Army Chaplain. So, I wondered if you had ever come across the name Rev. Cowl in your research in relation to Bristol? Also, I thought you might be interested to learn more about my grandfather's story? The website is www.halfshillingcurate.com I am also on Twitter @ShillingCurate. In fact, I am fairly new to social media and have just started to follow you on Twitter. I have not read any of your books, but I will be looking out for them! Kind regards and best wishes, Sarah.

  2. Many thanks for getting in touch Sarah, I've send you a DM on Twitter