Vivienne Dockerty

Author of Historical Fiction

About My Book: Beggarman's Cottage

A place of refuge, a place of secrets ...


I received a lovely review last week from a lady who had just finished reading Beggarman's Cottage. It got me thinking about the plot and my reasons for writing the story ...

Beggarman's Cottage was written due to my own need to escape from life!

Beggarman's Cottage was written due to my own need to escape from life!

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It's usually because my mind has been triggered by some emotion and I need to channel my thoughts. I was a middle child, born to an ill-matched couple who had married just before the start of the second world war.

My father, on his return from the hostilities, was an angry, broken man and I seemed to get the blame for everything. So on holidays and weekends, I made myself scarce.

"I was a great one for making up stories!"

In the derelict cottage, which became my refuge, I imagined the people who had also taken refuge in there before me. I imagined the conscientious objector hiding from the authorities, the German Jew classed as an alien with the threat of being interned, the coloured man scared of being conscripted to do National Service, frightened that he would be bullied as he had been before.

I based my main character, Alison, on the person I could have become if I had continued on the path which I had chosen in my teenage years.

I married early. It was my way of escaping my Dad's strict regime, but after giving birth twelve months later, I began to rue the day. 'Out of the frying pan and into the fire' comes to mind as I write this and it could have been me who was married to an abusive man if I hadn't called it a day.

"Would you like to read Beggarman's Cottage?"

If you like a gripping tale, something to keep you enthralled next time you want to lose yourself in a story, go to and download the Kindle edition of Beggarman's Cottage, or for a paperback, visit my online shop. I know you'll love it!

Until next time ...


More about Vivienne Dockerty ...

Since arriving back in the U.K I have enjoyed meeting lots of people at the Author Talks and book signing events that I have been invited to. It has been great connecting with my roots again and listening to other people's stories whilst I have been doing research for my next book.

A big thank you to all the readers who have posted Amazon reviews after they have finished one of my books.


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