Category Archives: Reading

Testament of Youth, Testament to our times? Vera Brittain and a classic of the Great War.

For my book, Shell Shocked Britain: The First World War’s legacy for Britain’s mental health, I read Testament of Youth, and Because You Died: Poetry and Prose of the First World War and After, both of which I found deeply … Continue reading

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Maritime Medicine and Mayhem in 1853

Today I am thrilled to host a return visit by Gill Hoffs, author of The Sinking of RMS Tayleur: The Lost Story of the ‘Victorian Titanic, and of the blog post  on how Victorian corsetry contributed to a tragedy… In this post Gill … Continue reading

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3 Ways to Write Editors Want (Circa 1926…) Pt 2 – Dialogue

In a previous post The Short Story – Writing What Editors Want Circa 1926…Part 1 I looked at some writing tips, written 90 years ago by author Michael Joseph in his book Short Story Writing for Profit. It is a book I found … Continue reading

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The Case of the Chocolate Cream Killer: The Lady Poisoner of Brighton

This morning I am thrilled to bring you a juicy true story of Victorian murder.  Author Kaye Jones has written a detailed and gripping account of an obsession that led to murder; a case that terrified and intrigued the nation in the early … Continue reading

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The Short Story – Writing What Editors Want Circa 1926…Part 1

A rather wonderful book has come into my possession. I bought it whilst house-sitting (and writing my next book) in Suffolk, on a trip to an antique centre taken as light relief after an intense period tapping away at the laptop. Called … Continue reading

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First and Last – the poetry of Judith Williamson (1947-2015)

Today on my blog I am really pleased to be able to share the poetry of a woman I knew nothing about, until I was contacted by fellow writer David Venner who, in writing this post, drew my attention to the work of … Continue reading

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Six years of randomness – blogging a writing life

“I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say” Flannery O’Connor Six years ago today I started this blog!! At the time I wondered if I would keep it going more than a week; … Continue reading

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