Friday, March 26, 2021




MrsMcKeiver has lived in the Hills for over twenty years, enough time to be the approved midwife. The Hills is a remote area of limestone outcrops, difficult to travel through and its people taciturn and stubborn. However, by 1799 sweeping changes everywhere saw land enclosed and people plunged into destitution. Mrs McKeiver is pivotal in providing the contents for huge dumplings, delivered and shared out by the sainted Reverend Reeves. She not only cares for and delivers babies, but takes on the role of matriarch of the area, despite being impoverished herself.  Her crippled adult son, Clement, depends on her for everything, making her realise she needs to marry again.  She accepts her farmer friend’s proposal and becomes a farmer’s wife. With the Reverend Reeves she arranges the marriage of mysteriously pregnant Hester Walters, his cook, to farm foreman, Edward Wainwright. The union is successful from the start, thanks to her.

Book Details

Title: The Complete Works of Mrs. McKeiver            

Author: Margaret Morgan

Genre: historical fiction    

Publisher: Publishing Push

Print length: 780 pages


A few of your favorite things: cats, animal protection, reading and writing.  
Things you need to throw out: anxiety.     

Things you need in order to write: computer, comfortable seat.
Things that hamper your writing: excess noise, feeling ill.

Things you love about writing: it’s my world.
Things you hate about writing: the effort needed, as I have MS.

Easiest thing about being a writer: having ideas.   
Hardest thing about being a writer: actually doing it.

Things you love about where you live: the peace of a seaside suburb.
Things that make you want to move: I like the countryside.

Things you never want to run out of: puddings and cake.
Things you wish you’d never bought: silver long jacket.

Words that describe you: dogged, reliable, honest.
Words that describe you but you wish they didn’t: critical, blasé.

Favorite foods: spaghetti, thai food.
Things that make you want to throw up: thick pizza, offal.   

Favorite song: "Little Sister," Ry Cooder.
Music that make your ears bleed: Heavy Metal.

Favorite beverage: tea.

Something that gives you a pickle face: malted drinks.

Favorite smell: coffee.

Something that makes you hold your nose: boiled cabbage.

Something you’re really good at: making up silly poems.
Something you’re really bad at: maths.

Something you wish you could do: go for a walk.
Something you wish you’d never learned to do: become a teacher.

Something you like to do: read.

Something you wish you’d never done: sailing.

Last best thing you ate: chocolate pudding.

Last thing you regret eating: smoked fish.

Things you’d walk a mile for:  apricot brandy.
Things that make you want to run screaming from the room: childbirth on TV.

Things you always put in your books: anecdotes.
Things you never put in your books: overmuch cruelty.

Things to say to an author: you are great.

Things to say to an author if you want to be fictionally: you can’t write novels.

Favorite places you’ve been: Paris.

Places you never want to go to again: Africa.

Favorite things to do: go to cafes.

Things you’d run through a fire wearing gasoline pants to get out of doing: swim.

Things that make you happy: love.

Things that drive you crazy: bad TV.

Proudest moment: when my form won a Carlton TV Competition for Local History. Met Prince Edward.
Most embarrassing moment: knickers falling down at school.

Biggest lie you’ve ever told: I love you.

A lie you wish you’d told: that suits you.

Best thing you’ve ever done: passed A levels.

Biggest mistake: marrying wrong person.

Most daring thing you’ve ever done: climbing a very difficult climb.

Something you chickened out from doing: parachute jump.

The last thing you did for the first time: caught Covid in hospital.

Something you’ll never do again: go into hospital.


Margaret was a toddler on a farm which did not have any modern conveniences in the house or in the farm buildings. Everything was original 1750’s. Electricity came in 1954, and later still a bathroom and steel kitchen sink. Tractors and other machinery gradually emerged too, until they had all the required modern machinery. She gained ‘A’ levels and trained as a PE teacher, teaching the subject until symptoms were identified as MS.
 Changing to EFL she accompanied her husband overseas on various contracts until 1985, when she taught in prep schools in London for sixteen years. Retiring in 2002, for health reasons, she began to write about Mrs McKeiver.

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