Archives for March 2014

My new book is published this week: read all about it!

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It’s a big week for me this week. My historical detective story set in Florence is just out, and you can buy it as a paperback on Amazon and in a Kindle edition (details of how to do so below.)  Its called A Matter of Perspective and it’s a gripping read of murder and intrigue all solved by the hero sleuth……who was born and bred at The Watermill at Posara!  Here’s the Blurb:

COVER USED IN BOOK reducedIn 1425 the great dome of Florence cathedral is still unfinished, but reaching a critical point as its shell move inexorably upwards and inwards. An irascible genius, Filippo Brunelleschi, is in charge of the dome’s construction, watched over by his patron, the powerful banker Cosimo de’ Medici.

Young Assistant Building Supervisor Luca da Posara can’t think of anywhere else in the world that he’d rather be: it’s the birth of the Renaissance and the very air seems alive with fresh ideas, in science and philosophy, art and architecture.

But then he finds the body of a visiting mathematician, brutally murdered. Papers on the corpse allege that Filippo Brunelleschi stole his ideas. Who had him murdered? Filippo or Cosimo? Or the hot-headed sculptor Donatello,  Filippo’s close friend and former apprentice? Or was it one of their bitter artistic or political rivals, in a plot to destroy Filippo and discredit Cosimo? In Renaissance Florence, passion, conflict and intrigue lead to plot and counter-plot and nothing is quite as it seems. After a second killing, of a master mason who plunges to his death from the top of the incomplete dome, Luca feels compelled to turn amateur detective  – and discovers it’s all a matter of perspective.”

Intrigued? Why not get your own copy of the book – and if you bring it with you when you come on a painting holiday or creative writing course, I’ll gladly sign it for you, too.

To buy your paperback copy from the UK, please go straight to the book on  by clicking here. Or buy the Kindle version by going straight to this link, by clicking here.

If you live outside the UK, you may prefer to use and you can go direct to my book’s page by clicking here. For the Kindle version on, please click here:

Or you can stall for time and just find out more on my new website for the book: www.billbreckon.netThere you can also read an extract and a review – and then order the book!

I hope you enjoy it. Let me know the next time you visit the present-day Watermill at Posara.Mill courtyard


Become a Watermill Friend for top tips from tutors, recipes and exclusive special offers

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I just wanted to tell you today  about the exciting new ‘Friends of the Watermill’ page on our website.

If you become a ‘Friend’ (it will cost you nothing) you’ll enjoy many exclusive benefits, including dozens of practical and inspiring tips from our international painting and creative writing tutors and recipes from the watermill’s mouth-watering menus. And there will be exclusive special offers for Friends to make our courses and holidays even more attractive.

In fact we’ve a really enticing special offer for new ‘Friends’ right now, for the final few places on our painting and writing courses in the first half of our season. We have only a limited number of places, and a limited choice of bedrooms to choose from, so we’ll be allocating them on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Please check out our ‘Friends of the Watermill’ by clicking here.

There you can Register and then Log In to enjoy our tips and recipes – and, we hope, our irresistible special offers.

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A stunning bee and a magnificent kettle, from Mike Willdridge

Mike BeeOur friend and watermill painting tutor Mike Willdridge seems to me to be going from strength to strength as far as his art is concerned. He’s just sent me these two marvellous acrylic paintings and I think they are both wonderful. ….Read More >