Category Archives: Reading

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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The loveliest of love letters? Keats to his ‘Bright Star’

I have just had to empty and refill my bookcases, seeing them painted and replaced in our newly decorated dining room (which doubles up as a work space). So I have been able to take another look at my lovely array … Continue reading

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Review: Top 10 Walks in the Lake District…

My regular readers (and even irregular ones…) will know that I am at my happiest when I am in the Lake District. As soon as I cross that border into Cumbria, and see the first fells in the distance, worries … Continue reading

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How old newspapers can aid historical research: by Denise Bates

Today I welcome to No Wriggling Denise Bates, whose latest book, Historical Research Using British Newspapers is published by Pen and Sword this month. I have often written on this blog of how useful I found the British Newspaper Archive in … Continue reading

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