Tag Archives: Books

On struggling with the writing life – again

I still seem to get a fair few hits on this, my blog. Not that I deserve them. No wriggling out of writing has been sorely neglected of late as I struggled with the first edits of my forthcoming book, … Continue reading

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The ‘vital’ death of John Keats: ending the myth of weakness

Today is the anniversary of the death of the poet John Keats, in Rome, on the 23rd February 1821. He was just 25, and suffered from tuberculosis (or consumption as it was then known). His friend, Joseph Severn, who nursed … Continue reading

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Poetry for Christmas #4 – Christmas Sparrow by Billy Collins

I don’t mind if you have not read my Christmas poetry posts. I would rather you had, of course, as it keeps the stats looking healthy, and I honestly think you might have missed the opportunity to escape for a moment. … Continue reading

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5 ways to make the most of precious writing time…

2016 has been one of those years that has seemed to offer very little  in the way of peace of mind, space for contemplation or periods of calm. The horrors of the world, along with political upheavals, have absorbed our attention … Continue reading

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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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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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