Jan Johnstone has just released her latest title, John Wilkinson, Ironmaster – Told By Those Who knew him. It’s available from Amazon in Kindle and paperback format.
Told in a creative non-fiction style, most of the characters within the pages were real people: his father, mother, brothers and sisters, business colleagues, wives and mistress but in order to carry the story, some of the characters are necessarily fictitious these identified in the contents page thus (*).
What they relate however, is based on actual recorded events. At the end of each chapter is a section entitled ‘Historical Notes’. Here the reader will find brief details of what happened to both the people and the many locations where John Wilkinson and his family were involved along with details of sites open to visitors today.
Jan Johnstone has lived in Shropshire all her life and has been writing for as long as she can remember. She has had numerous articles as well as short stories published both at home and abroad in historical, specialist and general interest magazines.
Social history is a particular interest and two books have been published by Pen & Sword, Oswestry and Whitchurch in the Great War and Shropshire at War 1939-1945. Two other books are available on Amazon, Promise ofTomorrow written under the pseudonym Jan Davies, a fictionalised family saga beginning in Ironbridge in 1759, and Hadley – The Story of a Shropshire Village written in conjunction with her sister Margaret Jones.
When Shropshire Star journalist Toby Neal said to Jan Johnstone, “Nothing’s ever happened in Hadley,” that set her mind running. And here’s the proof he’s wrong. Out now in Kindle and paperback format, Jan (and her sister’s) local history book about Hadley!
Jan Johnstone, writing as Jan Davies, has self-published her novel, Promise of Tomorrow, and its available via Amazon in both digital and paperback format.
‘Promise of Tomorrow’ is the story of five generations of the Greenwood family who lived in and around Shropshire’s Coalbrookdale area, birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, during the construction of the world’s first iron bridge. Beginning in 1759, each generation relates the story of their lives and their efforts to better themselves, whilst other family members, friends and enemies, also add their recollections to the ongoing Greenwood saga.Can this family succeed in bettering themselves against all odds, despite the hardships they encounter at every turn? This is a story of class inequality, hardship and love as the Greenwood family battles to achieve their dream of the ‘Promise of Tomorrow’.