C.F.DUNN ~ AUTHOR OF HISTORY, MYSTERY, AND SUSPENSE

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John Donn


C.F. Dunn

Hello, and many thanks for dropping by. The following pages will give you an idea of my books and current projects, my writing life, and the latest news and events. You can also find me on Facebook and Twitter so feel free to drop me a line and join the conversation. Happy browsing!

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“An ominous sense of developing tension…a most fluent writer.”
Colin Dexter, creator of Inspector Morse


BOOKS – The award-winning Secret of the Journal series

1

MORTAL FIRE

2

DEATH BE NOT PROUD

3

ROPE OF SAND

4

REALM OF DARKNESS

5

FEARFUL SYMMETRY


WHAT I’M WORKING ON NOW…

…The Wheel of Fortune series - a Medieval trilogy set during the tumultuous Wars of the Roses. Back on my historical home turf, this is where my interest in history started all those years ago at the age of nine. That fascination for the period has trotted alongside me all my life and now lies on the page.

LATEST NEWS

Stripping the Past: Restoration Games -

Since my last post on restoring our Arts and Crafts house, things have moved on apace. I finished removing all the modern polyurethane from the wide window seat in my study and then started eyeing up the rest of the room. There’s an inglenook fireplace from the original 1630’s house in my study. Edward Sturdy surrounded it in an oak mantle and this, too, had been given ‘the treatment’ sometime in the 1990’s. Now a dark, icky mahogany brown, the beautiful grain of the wood was lost and the surface dull. As you know, I am wary of removing any finish that might be original but, spurred on by the stripping of the window seat, I set out to do a similar job on the mantle.

 

The copper bell push had to be removed for cleaning. A lovely thing, it had been lacquered sometime in the last twenty years and needed the old coating removed before polishing,, finding a replacement button, and being put back. Behind the bell the original surface glowed a medium oak, a perfect witness to our hunch that almost the entire house had been subject to a mahogany stain on the extensive areas of woodwork.

 

Anyway, as before I used a chemical paint stripper (Paint Panther) that softened the varnish enough to be removed without damaging the wood. It took a few coats, scraping (carefully), wire wool, and wire brushes to take off a lot of mucky gunge. I then rubbed the exposed wood with white spirit, used a fine tool to clean the really-hard-to-get niggly bits, and brushed on liquid beeswax and natural turpentine (Liberon) to nourish the surface. Left to dry for upwards of twenty-four hours, this was then buffed to a subtle sheen.

 

Removing the inappropriate wood stain revealed the probable reason for it: surfaces chewed by time and woodworm. I can understand people wanting to unify the look of the wood; some would say that the use of Douglas fir and oak (and walnut, in some places) was a bit eccentric of Edward Toronto Sturdy, but then that is part of the charm of his house – it’s quirky.

 

The next project to tackle will be the tiled fireplace. At some point, the 9×9 inch red quarry tiles were painted a heavy, pillar box red. I have no idea whether I can rid them of the noxious coating, but I’m willing to give it a go.

 

 

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