Romantic Novels and Working Class Characters

A writer friend of mine commented once that it is difficult to have romance when you don't know where your next meal is coming from. Certainly,it's true that I haven’t come across many love stories – let alone love stories that can be defined according to the current definition of ‘romance’  -- which are set … Continue reading Romantic Novels and Working Class Characters

‘Lady Audley’s Secret’: Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Mid Victorian Sensationalist Novel

How embarrasing: I typed and published a whole post - a review of this notorious Victorian novel - and only the image came out! I blame the new editing system on WordPress....Well, that and my own muddle headedness... Lady Audley’s Secret’ , the 1862  best selling Victorian sensationalist novel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon, is based … Continue reading ‘Lady Audley’s Secret’: Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Mid Victorian Sensationalist Novel

The Value of Criticism, Criticism and Entertainment and Romantic Novels

I am a bit perturbed (I’m good at being perturbed, aren’t I?) at a New Age view which has infiltrated popular thinking. A recent blog post by Mari Biella on free speech https://maribiella.com/2017/03/19/free-speech-fake-news-and-the-internet/ inspired me to write this one. This 'New Age'  view that has to some extent infiltrated popular thinking is the  ‘No Negativity’ … Continue reading The Value of Criticism, Criticism and Entertainment and Romantic Novels

Review of ‘Frenchman’s Creek’ by Daphne du Maurier: Not Up to Her Usual Standard With an Obnoxious Heroine and an Animus for a Hero

I have read several books by Daphne du Maurier and have admired her writing style, her evocative descriptions, her clever plotting, clarity of vision and her exploration of the darker passions. ‘Jamaica Inn’ was less of a favourite with me, as I didn’t take to the male lead Jem Merlin. For all that, I liked … Continue reading Review of ‘Frenchman’s Creek’ by Daphne du Maurier: Not Up to Her Usual Standard With an Obnoxious Heroine and an Animus for a Hero

Titles From Victorian Romantic Melodramas to Make You Smile

The news generally being fairly grim – again – and there being nothing like a laugh to raise the spirits, I thought I’d write some more about looking through the titles of best sellers of  the Victorian and Edwardian  era. And what better way than to begin with some of those by the subject of … Continue reading Titles From Victorian Romantic Melodramas to Make You Smile

Georgian Romance Revolt by Lucinda Elliot Out on 17 September

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Georgian-Romance-Revolt-Lucinda-Elliot-ebook/dp/B08FRRF711 Following on from my last post about servant lead characters, my own dark comedy 'Georgian Romance Revolt' is out on 17 September and is available for pre-order here . Without wanting to write a spoiler, one of the lead characters is incongruous in his role as a servant... The story follows the adventures Elaine … Continue reading Georgian Romance Revolt by Lucinda Elliot Out on 17 September

Interview of Emile Dubois (The Eponymous ‘That Scoundrel Emile Dubois’) By Laura Lee

  Here's an interview with one Émile Dubios... Laura Lee: Come in. Sit down. Would you like something to drink? Émile Dubois: Thank you, Madame. The red wine for a certainty. Georges – my right hand man, you know, though some might spread the rumour that he was my companion in crime – organized this … Continue reading Interview of Emile Dubois (The Eponymous ‘That Scoundrel Emile Dubois’) By Laura Lee

Purple Prose and a Rapist ‘Hero’: The Original Bodice Ripper: Review of ‘The Flame and the Flower’ by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

Marty-Stu rapes Mary-Sue and then they find a love so true… I am so glad that I have finished this (by the way, I read it for research: honestly!). I detested reading it; and it was epic length. The only reason I am not giving it one star is because an online friend of mine … Continue reading Purple Prose and a Rapist ‘Hero’: The Original Bodice Ripper: Review of ‘The Flame and the Flower’ by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

The Delights of Good Bad Writing

  I am run off my feet at the moment in real life with family responsibilities – as always happens during July and August – so I haven’t been able to keep up with writing at all these past few weeks. That’s a good thing in a way; real life events should always take precedence … Continue reading The Delights of Good Bad Writing