A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN – WHERE WRITERS WRITE

A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN – WHERE WRITERS WRITE

I used to love that regular feature about writers’ rooms in the UK Guardian. It combined the pleasures of being nosy and having a peek into someone else’s home, with insights about how other writers work and whether they operate in pristine conditions or total chaos....
A GERMAN AMERICAN CHRISTMAS

A GERMAN AMERICAN CHRISTMAS

I’m delighted to commemorate Christmas 2014 by participating in Helen Hollick’s festive Blog Hop today. The theme is Invitation to a Party – and I’m inviting you to time travel with me to St Louis Missouri for a German style Christmas in 1877, a...
TRAINS, PLANES AND AUTOMOBILES

TRAINS, PLANES AND AUTOMOBILES

One of the essentials of writing historical fiction is that you get your background details right. What I hadn’t realised when I started on this journey was that I would have to do so much research around modes of transport.  I’d never shown the remotest...
THE PEREZ SIMON COLLECTION AT LEIGHTON HOUSE

THE PEREZ SIMON COLLECTION AT LEIGHTON HOUSE

I was lucky enough to receive an impromptu invitation to a private view of the Pérez Símon exhibition, ‘A Victorian Obsession’,  at Leighton House in Kensington this week. I’d been planning to go to the exhibition anyway (and will probably go again)...

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