THE HOO PENINSULA
My first published book was The Story of the Hoo Peninsula (1979). Not surprisingly, it is still my favourite book. At the time of writing I was a parish councillor on the Isle of Grain and I wanted to do something that would help create a greater sense of community.
The Peninsula has an unusual past as it is one of the few places in the country where malaria was once indigenous. While I was living on the Isle of Grain it was normal practice for households to be issued with an anti-mosquito spray (courtesy of the now defunct Strood Rural District Council) as part of a campaign to prevent the disease returning. During World War Two, anyone with a history of malaria was not permitted on to the Peninsula for fear of setting off a malaria epidemic.
Also about the Hoo Peninsula:
"Malaria: its influence on a North Kent Community" in Archaeologia Cantiana 95 (1979), 255-64 (available from the author as an off-print)
The Isle of Grain Defences (1979)