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The Flying Scotsman Sings
A Historical Novel by Debbie Wastling

This witty, yet caustic novel explores the meeting of two unlikely young people in 1923 – Amos Bell, train driver of the Flying Scotsman, as he falls for an opera singer, Madame Neil-Gregory. Click here to learn more.

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Book 2 The Soundtrack of Their Lives -  on sale July USA


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The ‘stars’ of my novel are my grandparents. One hundred years to the date that Amos Bell, my grandfather started work with the Northern Eastern Railway in 1922, and by 1923 when he was chosen to drive the Flying Scotsman, the company had changed its name to London North Eastern Railway. Amos continued to work for them until 1963 when he retired. Book 2 in my series called 'The Soundtrack of Their Lives comes out August 2023

Meet Amos and Alice...

Here is a Hull Daily Mail News Article  about Madame Neil Gregory's performances:

Hull Daily Mail - Wednesday 24 May 1922

A grand concert has been arranged  by the Myton Ward Unionist Women's Association, to held to-morrow (Thursday) evening, in St. James's Parish Rooms, Alfred-Street. Hessle Road (not the schoolroom) 7.30. Admission free. All electors in Myton Ward are cordially invited. The artistes include Mrs Neil- Gregory. Miss Roe, and other well-known entertainers.

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Debbie Wastling wrote her first play before she left her British High School. She wrote songs in the rock bands she played within, then original musicals for the companies she directed for, plus scenes for the actors she taught. On moving to Los Angeles, she won the Women in Theatre award for re-writing and editing 'Hamlet' for an all-woman cast and a TV show ‘Dicken’s Women’.

This led her to the non-profit world to educate teaching artists on how to write curricula and raise funds by grant writing for their work. She has raised over 3K for educational arts as a grant writer. She has completed three novels in this family saga and is starting novel four. Please visit our Facebook page for authentic photos: 


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Meet Author Debbie Wastling

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