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August 9, 2018

Spent the morning trimming a bonnet, and feeling most Lydia Bennet-esque! Still one has to look one's best for one's nephew's wedding on Saturday. Now what to do about a reticule? And shoe roses? 

June 11, 2018

I’ve been reading the dictionary again! Checking the etymology of words that want to wander into my prose, set in Regency England. It is of course a minefield (from 1877 as in mine and field; figurative use not until 1947). And hopefully, one I have skirted in What Kit...

June 4, 2018

One of the more intriguing things I discovered when researching What Kitty Did Next (published by Red Door Books on 28 June, in just three weeks’ time!) was that early 19th-century London was quite a menagerie. Not only was there a zoo, housing “four lions, a panther,...

May 28, 2018

As I sit tapping away on my keyboard, with the ability to save and delete, cut and paste, move paragraphs back and forth, I cannot imagine how I would have coped with a quill and ink! Not only does handwriting take longer (and all that ‘lopping and cropping’ of...

May 21, 2018

Came across Val McDermid’s 2014 take on Northanger Abbey the other day, and thought I’d give it a go but was almost immediately sidetracked into picking up Miss Austen’s original. I love this novel with its delightfully naïve heroine and her Gothic terrors. And so many...

May 14, 2018

With only six sleeps before the upwardly mobile Ms Meghan Markle marries Prince Harry, speculation about all things royal wedding grows more and intense, with everything from the bride’s dress to what they’ll be eating at the wedding breakfast up for guessing grabs. Th...

May 7, 2018

If Meghan Markle had married a “single man in possession of a good fortune” back in the early 19th century, she might have escaped a lot of fuss. For the majority of women, even aristocratic ones, weddings were pretty low-key. In Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen didn’t...

April 30, 2018

In Australia last Wednesday, it was Anzac Day, when we commemorate those who served and died in all wars and conflicts. (For those of you who don’t know, the acronym stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps and Anzac Day – 25 April – marks the date of the ill-f...

April 23, 2018

All kinds of fascinating pieces of information came to my notice when I was researching life in Regency England for What Kitty Did Next. For example, I starting thinking about shoe roses rereading that Pride and Prejudice line, “the very shoe roses for Netherfield...

April 16, 2018

Novel adventures
 

Jane Austen tours attract visitors from all over the world, taking in the great houses, real and imagined, that come alive in her novels. But you don't have to join a literary tour. Rather like Elizabeth Bennet did in Pride and Prejudice, you can just...

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