Beware of Fairies Bearing Gifts

A Short Story


The Time Travel Diaries

of James Urquhart and Elizabeth Bicester

Avaialble on Amazon Kindle

From March 2023

Beware of Fairies Bearing Gifts is a short story from the Time Travel Diaries of James Urquhart and Elizabeth Bicester which I wrote just before Christmas 2022.

In summer, the veranda of Elizabeth’s house at Hamgreen in West Sussex is a perfect place for weary time-travellers to relax and watch the Martian sunset.

It was also perfect place for James to ask a question of Elizabeth which he had not got round to asking,

Who was her mother?

If only he had realised the cosequences of question.

2 books Free today on Kindle

out of time free on kindle

Two Books Free today on Kindle from the Time Travel Diaries of James Urquhart and Elizabeth Bicester.

Trying to socially engineer the world’s population is not easy. Especially when you discover that a pair of reluctant time travellers keep on getting in the way of your plan.

The problem all started with James Urquhart, science lecturer, living in 2015, enjoying a walk in the countryside. and meeting Elizabeth Bicester, a Victorian Cambridge graduate, at a cricket match at Hamgreen in 1873.

Of course at the time, he didn’t know it was 1873. All he knew was he’d found a rather attractive woman who looked like she’d fallen straight out of a Tissot painting.

Perhaps if he hadn’t left his phone and she hadn’t picked it up, the story might have ended there; and time travel would have carried on its normal path.

But it didn’t. And nor did Time.

CHNDI Christmas Book Launch


CHINDI launches it’s new book, A Feast of Christmas Stories -Unwrap a Sussex Tale, at The Swan in Arundel last night with Beryl Kingston.

  A Feast of Christmas Stories

16 stories with a West Sussex Christmas theme .

The Book is available in paperback and on Kindle at Amazon.

Here are the panel of judges , who had the task of selecting stories for the book with the Author Beryl Kingston and a celebration cake provided by the Swan at Arundle, West Sussex.

  Judges for the A Feast of Christmas Stories


BBC Radio4 09:00 17th October 2019

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the ideas explored in HG Wells’ novella, published in 1895, in which the Time Traveller moves forward to 802,701 AD. There he finds humanity has evolved into the Eloi and Morlocks, where the Eloi are small but leisured fruitarians and the Morlocks live below ground, carry out the workand have a different diet. Escaping the Morlocks, he travels millions of years into the future, where the environment no longer supports humanity.


The Time Travel Diaires Trilogy is FREE on AMAZON KINDLE this weekend, Friday 18th to Sunday 20th October.

Elizabeth's Garden

Three books from the Time Travelling Diaries of the humorous and sometimes romantic adventures of a 21st century scientist, James Urquhart, and a Victorian Cambridge graduate, Elizabeth Bicester.

There are only two things you need to know about James and Elizabeth;

  1. They both keep diaries.
  2. They met each other at a cricket match at Hamgreen in 1873.
  • Oh and thirdly, they really haven’t a clue what is go on. They’d rather be at home snuggled up reading a book or watching telly.

I’ve also added notes on how I wrotes the books and people and places I have used.

I hope you enjoy the book

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If you want to know more on how I wrote the books, see my Blog on the Time Travel Diaries

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