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August 27, 2018

Just been rereading Sebastian Faulks' take on Mr Darcy in his Faulks on Fiction (BBC Books). There's an abridged version below, courtesy of The Guardian. He reckons Darcy marries Lizzy to make up for the lack of a happy-go-lucky companion in Bingley and because she wil...

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 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 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...

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