The Riduna Series ~’Ancasta ~ Guide me Swiftly Home’

Ancasta ~ Guide me Swiftly Home

This is the second novel in The Riduna Series by Diana Jackson



Local historian in the history of aviation in the Southampton area,

Colin van Geffen writes:

“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.”

Diana writes:

Why is the novel called Ancasta ~ Guide me Swiftly Home?

The River Itchen, important in Roman Times when Southampton was already a strategic port, was blessed by the Goddess Ancasta whom the Romans prayed to for the swift and safe return of their vessels.

Will each member of the family return safely from the Great War which takes Harriet’s sons as far away as Turkey and India?

Will the roles of women, especially Harriet and her headstrong daughter Sarah, empowered by the daunting responsibility of their loved ones so far away, change their lives forever?

Will the island of Riduna, so deep in Harriet’s soul continue to caste its magic over Sarah too?

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 of The Great War.

Ancasta is available or can be ordered through any good bookshop or can be bought online in the UK:

AMAZON paperback                     AMAZON ~ Kindle version                  WATERSTONES ~on line

or in the rest of the world:

AMAZON USA                    AMAZON INDIA                    AMAZON FRANCE                      AMAZON GERMANY

11 responses to “The Riduna Series ~’Ancasta ~ Guide me Swiftly Home’

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  2. M.J.Webb

    A book which sweeps through the years 1910-1920, based in the Southampton area, with its connections to the Channel Islands and the wider world. A story of love in many moods and guises, told deftly with exquisite sensitivity. A fascinating and informative account of how people interrelated with each other and events during the years of the Great War of 1914 – 1918, a War which overshadows both their world – and our own.

  3. Lorna Joy

    Ancasta succeeds in bringing to life the everchanging role of women, particularly through the characters Harriet and sarah. Diana deals with history, loss, romance, personal and emotional struggle and hope so beautifully with her lively and flowing written style. Ancasta is a moving second novel following on from Riduna. A thoroughly enjoyable read where you can dip in and out of so many interesting and believable characters.

  4. Hi Diana,

    I just wanted to let you know that I just finished reading Ancasta and I really loved it. I read Riduna, which I also enjoyed but Ancasta really brought Harriet and her family alive. It also provides the backdrop to a vivid account of the hardships and technical advances of WWI. A history buff, but never a fan of anything post industrial revolution (the romantic in me!), this really made me want to find out more, particularly about the daily conditions faced by those who lived through it. You really bring those to life and I felt I was taking these harrowing journeys in the UK and abroad with the family, going through the trials of separation and loss. A real page turner, I’m hoping to find out how the family makes it through the WWII period… though with slight trepidation. 🙂


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  7. Hello I have been trying to contact you but cannot find a ‘contact me’ form or an email address
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