‘The Viking’ by Eddison Marshall: One of the Few Cases Where I Prefer the Film Version

I seem to be making a habit out of disliking one or both of the main characters in the books I've read recently: I couldn't stand the love interest in 'Jamaica Inn' and couldn't stand the female protagonist of 'Frenchman's Creek' and thought that the love interest was her (boring) anima. In this one, I … Continue reading ‘The Viking’ by Eddison Marshall: One of the Few Cases Where I Prefer the Film Version

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

Review of Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier: Vivid Atmoshere: A Shame About the Male Lead…

The atmosphere and the descriptions of the scenery were really good. The idea was original. It was well plotted overall. Generally, the characterisation is cleverly done. I also liked the heroine, who shows herself as generally brave and having integrity. I also liked the fact that the story was about ordinary people - well, they're … Continue reading Review of Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier: Vivid Atmoshere: A Shame About the Male Lead…

A Spoof Gothic Historical Romance Episode

Now for some comic relief. Who’s for a Gothic historical romance, full of anachronisms (which the re-cycled characters know too well). Scene: A castle in the wilds of Yorkshire, UK, on the moors.  Date – Regency [ A darkly handsome and brooding man appears  at the bolt studded door holding a modern electric torch. Although … Continue reading A Spoof Gothic Historical Romance Episode

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