04 May 2020

Welcome to Richard's Writing

Richard passed peacefully away on 13th April 2021, after illness. He took great pleasure from knowing that readers enjoy all his stories, and was most grateful for the overwhelming support and the best wishes that he received.

He was a lovely man, and will be greatly missed. 

April 14th 2021

Helen Hollick

There is a tribute to Richard here on  Discovering Diamonds,

the site he reviewed for.

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The North Finchley Writers’ Group

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An Amazon Reader's Review:

"A hugely enjoyable peep into what REALLY goes on in writers' groups when they get together to plot storylines. Love, envy, laughter, hatred...and that's just the meeting! Very entertaining, and more than one home truth. Whether you’re a reader, a writer, or an aspiring author, you’ll connect with this loveable cast of characters. Who knows? You may even be inspired to open your own group. In fact, SPOILER ALERT…just don’t fall in love with the hostess! Richard Tearle is so talented in bringing these people to life, and his characters just jump off the page and into your living room. Five stars from me for a really great feel-good new book with lovely light-hearted humour and poignant stories."

When a group of north London writers meet each month for a chat, coffee, and cake – what else is on their agenda? Constructive criticism? New Ideas? An exciting project? And maybe, more than one prospective romance...? 

Eavesdrop on the monthly meetings of the North Finchley Writers' Group, follow some ordinary people with a love of story writing, and an eagerness for success. Discover, along with them, the mysteries of creating characters and plot, of what inspires ideas, and how real life can, occasionally, divert the dream...

The North Finchley Writers' Group is Richard's first venture into 'writing long' and is a story based on the various publishing experiences of his writer friends – although he stresses that all the characters are very much made-up!


The Chill With A Book PREMIER award which is honoured to books that receive exceptional high evaluations from Chill Readers:  

A perfect book to settle down on a sun lounger or comfy chair and escape into a world of book lovers. 

It is well written with engaging characters and offers an insight into a group with all its dynamics.

No hesitation to recommend this book.

An engaging story, with recognisable characters.

A very enjoyable story, well written with very interesting characters. Also a bit of subtle romance


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Movements 1 and 2 now available!

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"Richard Tearle has the knack of dropping you into the world of recent history so that you feel like you remember the 50s and 60s whether you were there or not."
 - Annie Whitehead, Author, Winner of the HWA/Dorothy Dunnett Short Story Award and Judge of the HNS Short Story Award

"Evocative, observant and clever – big worlds in little stories"
- Alison Morton

"I enjoyed the escape into a dream world where the stories were so personal I thought I was looking into the author's soul"
- Mercedes Rochelle, Author

These short stories are an open window to my little world; my love of history ranges from the so-called 'Dark Ages', through the Plantagenets and Richard III, past the Napoleonic Wars and on to things that I remember in my lifetime.

Combining my love of music of all kinds - a love inherited from my mother, a consummate pianist who would play every day - and of writing, the opportunity to write stories based on or inspired by my favourite songs was a no-brainer.

But not all my stories are music related. Part Two of this anthology features stories on a number of different topics, both historical and contemporary. All are the product of my imagination but there have been sparks from real life events - past and present.

The story 'Corners Of My Mind' first appeared in the anthology 'Right Trusty and Well Beloved' (details below) and is reproduced here with kind permission.

I am delighted to include two stories in each section from my mentors, Helen Hollick and Barbara Gaskell Denvil who gave me such encouragement in publishing this volume that I felt it only right to ask them to contribute something for me.

I am also greatly indebted to Gill Trewick of Gaskell Press for offering me the chance of publishing this anthology.  And Gill is also responsible for the lovely, eye catching cover. Working with her was so easy and it is my hope that we can do so again.

I do hope that you enjoy what I hope will be my first anthology and if you have done so, a nice little comment on Amazon will really make my day.

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(Grant Me the Carving of My Name)

My very first published work was included in this anthology of  stories about Richard III alongside some super authors

"I want you to tell my real story… Use any talent you have to show me in my true light, not painted black with Tudor propaganda. My new army must be wordsmiths, not soldiers; artists, not knights; musicians, not warriors. We will lay siege to the towers of Tudor lies and bring them crashing down…"Who, for you, is the real Richard III?Is it the boy, exiled in fear to the Continent aged seven? The loyal warrior, brother to Edward IV? The young man struck by tragedy? The just and rightful king? Or Thomas More’s and Shakespeare’s infamous villain? You can meet them all within these pages … or can you? This follow-up to the 2018 anthology "Grant Me the Carving of My Name" showcases short stories and poems by international authors inspired by all aspects of King Richard III. 

Sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK) 

with stories by various authors:  by Rebecca Batley, Terri Beckett, Susan Grant-Mackie, Kim Harding, Wendy Johnson, Joanne R. Larner, Kit Mareska, Alex Marchant (also editor), Maire Martello, Liz Orwin, Elizabeth Ottoson, Nicola Slade, Richard Tearle, Kathryn Wharton, Brian Wainwright, Jennifer C. Wilson. With a Foreword by Philippa Langley MBE and edited by Alex Marchant.

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Twelve Stories
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*** BLOG TOUR 2021 ***
Join The Coffee Pot Book Club 

February 15th – February 19th 2021


By Richard Tearle, with Helen Hollick

Tour Schedule

February 15th

Oh look, another book!

Books, Lattes and Tiaras

B for Book Reviews

February 16th


Let your Words Shine…

Gwendalyn's Books

February 17th

I got lost in a book

Candlelight Reading

Mary’s Bookcase

February 18th

The Book Bandit’s Library

Zoe’s Art, Craft and Life

The Books Delight

February 19th

Anna Belfrage – Stolen Moments

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