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

More Comedy for Testing Times: An Extract from ‘Ravensdale’ (Now Free on Amazon ): Morpeth the Thief Taker, on the Trail of Reynaud Ravensdale, Calls in to Question the Landlord of the ‘The Huntsman’.

“If this ain’t a Bow Street Runner or some other thief taker, then I’m a Dutchwoman,” Kate told Suki, as they watched the short, stocky, dapper man came up to the Inn door. “Good morning, Sir. What will you have?” They knew he was staying with their rivals in The King’s Justice up the road. … Continue reading More Comedy for Testing Times: An Extract from ‘Ravensdale’ (Now Free on Amazon ): Morpeth the Thief Taker, on the Trail of Reynaud Ravensdale, Calls in to Question the Landlord of the ‘The Huntsman’.

The Peterloo Massacre and its Bicentenary on 16 August 2019

On 16  August 2019, it will be the bicentenary of the infamous Peterloo Massacre of 1819. In this dismal episode in British history, the part time militia of the Manchester Yeomanry Cavalry charged  a peaceful crowd of 60,000. This gathering was in fact  a large part of the then population of Lancashire,  many of whom … Continue reading The Peterloo Massacre and its Bicentenary on 16 August 2019

Stonehenge as a Backdrop for Novels

Just before Whitsun I went to see Stonehenge, staying a couple of miles away in Amesbury.  Oddly, although I have always lived towards the west of the UK, I had never got round to visiting. It was wonderful weather when we went. I had not expected there to be much atmosphere, given that if you … Continue reading Stonehenge as a Backdrop for Novels

Some Popular Victorian Reading: ‘Jack Sheppard: A Romance ‘ by Harrison Ainsworth.

These last few days, I have been reading Harrison Ainsworth’s ‘Jack Sheppard.’  I knew little about this writer before, save that he wrote sensationalist literature at about the same time as Charles Dickens, including a novel called ‘Rookswood’ which reputedly featured a highly glamorised version of Dick Turpin. It seems that he was at one … Continue reading Some Popular Victorian Reading: ‘Jack Sheppard: A Romance ‘ by Harrison Ainsworth.

The Peterloo Affair: A Tale of the St. Peter’s Field Massacre Now Out on Amazon

I am happy to say that my latest 'The Peterloo Affair',  is now out oon Amazon.com here and Amazon.co.uk  here I wrote this tale primarily as a love story - in fact, it can be categorised as a romance - largely because I thought that with the grim background story, some pleasant diversion and a bit … Continue reading The Peterloo Affair: A Tale of the St. Peter’s Field Massacre Now Out on Amazon

The Peterloo Massacre and its Bicentenary on 16 August 2019

On 16  August 2019, it will be the bicentenary of the infamous Peterloo Massacre of 1819. In this dismal episode in British history, the part time militia of the Manchester Yeomanry Cavalry charged  a peaceful crowd of 60,000. This gathering was in fact  a large part of the then population of Lancashire,  many of whom … Continue reading The Peterloo Massacre and its Bicentenary on 16 August 2019

Germinal: Émile Zola’s Masterpiece

Germinal is Émile Zola’s masterpiece, and I am fairly typical in thinking (and I have only read it in translation) that it contains his most brilliant writing, with exceptionally evocative passages of lyrical strength, and brilliant word pictures. It depicts a miner’s strike – with unsparing realism and remarkable sympathy. When  my daughter asked me … Continue reading Germinal: Émile Zola’s Masterpiece

Historical Fiction: Celebrated Writers whose Names are Syonymous with the Fictional Depiction of an Age: Part I: Mary Renault and the Bronze Age.

There are some writers of historical fiction on particular historical epochs who acquire such widespread  fame that they are often described as having ‘Made that era their own’. One of these is Mary Renault, famed for her strong writing and thorough historical research. Born in 1905 in a middle class home, strongly influenced by her … Continue reading Historical Fiction: Celebrated Writers whose Names are Syonymous with the Fictional Depiction of an Age: Part I: Mary Renault and the Bronze Age.

Where Worlds Meet Out on Amazon

At last, 'Where Worlds Meet' is out on Amazon.com here And on Amazon.co.uk on here the prequel, ‘That Scoundrel Émile Dubois’ is here free  on Amazon  and on Smashwords here You can also get ‘Ravensdale’, which also belongs to the same series, free on Smashwords here   and if you care to point out to Amazon that … Continue reading Where Worlds Meet Out on Amazon