About Fran

FranI’m Fran and I’m a Londoner, born and bred.

I was born in Alexandra Park Nursing Home, close to Ally Pally, as Alexandra Palace is known to the locals. It’s also called the ‘People’s Palace’ because it’s not a palace at all but a leisure centre. It stands on a hill in North London and is home to the studio where the BBC made their very first television broadcast.

I grew up in leafy South London, spent my student years near the Portobello Road and now I’ve come home to roost in a Victorian house at the foot of Ally Pally once again.

Ally Pally

London is my city, and I never run out of things to do and see in it, which is what this blog is about. But I’ve also spent some time living and working in Tokyo and travelling round Japan, which accounts for the occasional Japanese flavour.

I visit a lot of places with my friend, London Tour Guide Yannick. Find out about his tours on his website, London Unravelled.

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I’m also the author of the Josie Clark in Japan series of East-West fusion murder mysteries. Josie’s a Tokyo-based expat Londoner who stumbles across a lot of bodies.

So far, she’s solved a murder on a karaoke night out in The Tokyo Karaoke Murder, gone backstage at Japan’s unique and spectacular Takarazuka Revue to expose a murderer and save a priceless treasure in The Cherry Blossom Murder and found that poetry can be more dangerous than you’d think when a charismatic haiku-writing financier falls from the top of Matsuyama castle in The Haiku Murder.

For more about the books, visit my website and my author page on Amazon.

Josie Clark in Japan mysteries

39 thoughts on “About Fran

  1. Thank you for liking and following my Blog. I’ll follow yours too–it’s unique blending London with Japan! I studied and worked in London for 8 yrs (SE5) and lived near Russel Sq. until I moved to Surrey. I look forward to coming back to visit your Blog.

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  2. Awesome blog and I must say – life! We’re actually flying to Tokyo for 2 days on the 14th and I can’t wait to visit the famous Tsukiji Market given that I’m a sucker for fresh raw fish and anything Japanese!

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  3. Thanks for coming by the blog and liking my post! I have a photo of a tree in Hyde Park that looks almost like the photo of the cherry tree that you posted. Funnily enough, I don’t know what kind of tree it was. I just snapped a photo of it because it looked so lovely, with all the pink petals scattered like a lovely carpet on the grass! 🙂

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  4. Hi, Thanks for dropping by my blog – raisingdragonboy.com and the like! You have a beautiful blog with so many interesting stories! I was especially fascinated with the origami post. Look forward to reading more…Cheers, Mom of Dragon Boy

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  5. fran, your blog is amazing.

    as an expat living in japan right now, it is so awesome to see that you never gave up on japanese culture even after you moved home. i’m glad you can find all kinds of stuff in london to picque your interest and keep that passion alive.

    i love art of all kinds (whether the performance or material kind), so it is only natural that i found myself wandering through the pages of your blog at some length the other day. keep up the awesome work and i’ll be sure to stop by now and again.

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  6. Just came across your blog thanks to the fabulous Karolyn at ‘Distant Drumlin’ – really enjoying the initial explorations. Only made it to Tokyo once but already in love and want to go back!!

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