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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 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...

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