“In Ancasta, against the background of the new 20th century, we are re-introduced to the progress of life for the next generation from Riduna, Diana Jackson’s first novel, of the growing Newton family, now living at Woolston, near Southampton on the south coast of England. The author succeeds in jolting the reader’s emotions to give a clear understanding of how things were for so many ‘ordinary’ people in those dark days of wartime. No families were spared the loss or sacrifice of a loved one, but life had to go on.”
Colin Van Geffen
Local historian in the history of aviation in the Southampton area
“The River Itchen, important in Roman Times when Southampton was already a strategic port, was blessed by the Goddess Ancasta, to whom the Romans prayed, for the swift and safe return of their vessels.
Ancasta tells the story of Harriet’s family from 1910 to 1920 as it weaves tightly through this period in Woolston’s history, with the birth of Supermarine, early flying boat production and The Schneider Trophy, though the excitement of this new age in flight is marred by the destruction and aftermath of The Great War.
Published by Eventispress in July 2012