Nine of the Most Annoying Heroes in Classic Popular Novels: an Uncharitable Rant…

As none of the following novels were written by authors still alive, I don’t see why I shouldn’t publish this uncharitable list to give a laugh to those who, like me, feel  in the mood for a bit of good old intolerance, so here it is. I warn readers that the list is based on … Continue reading Nine of the Most Annoying Heroes in Classic Popular Novels: an Uncharitable Rant…

Review of the 1993 study ‘The Historical Romance’ by Helen Hughes: Fascinating and Insightful.

  I have commented in previous posts - some will say ad nauseam - that it is unfortunate that light historical fiction, and historical romance especially, has long been afflicted by a disproportionate focus on the upper class. While this is particuarly so with the genre of Regency Romance, which seems to offer a world … Continue reading Review of the 1993 study ‘The Historical Romance’ by Helen Hughes: Fascinating and Insightful.

Celebrated Writers Whose Names Have Become Synonymous with the Fictional Depiction of an Age: Part Two: Georgette Heyer’s Depiction of the Regency UK and ‘Life in London’ by Pierce Egan: ‘Corinthian Tom’ and his ‘Coz Jerry’ as the Original Source of Heyer’s Regency World and Sporting Heroes

  In my last post, I wrote about the influence of Mary Renault, whose fictional interpretation of Ancient Greece has become so famous.  I commented on how the writer’s particular treatment of Bronze Age Greece and of the rise of patriarchy, which necessarily reflected the views of her own age, sixty years ago, have been … Continue reading Celebrated Writers Whose Names Have Become Synonymous with the Fictional Depiction of an Age: Part Two: Georgette Heyer’s Depiction of the Regency UK and ‘Life in London’ by Pierce Egan: ‘Corinthian Tom’ and his ‘Coz Jerry’ as the Original Source of Heyer’s Regency World and Sporting Heroes

Some Musings on George Orwell’s Essay on Rudyard Kipling – and it’s Relevance to Georgette Heyer

If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too. If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or being … Continue reading Some Musings on George Orwell’s Essay on Rudyard Kipling – and it’s Relevance to Georgette Heyer