Wilbur Smith’s ‘Shout at the Devil’: A Book Where Comedy Turns to Tragedy

I have been getting cold feet (very appropriate given the recent icy weather) about my short novel based round the 1819 Peterloo Massacre .  Of course, mine will be only one obscure publication out  of many books, articles, plays or whatever that will surely be released to mark the bicentenary  – I know there’s a … Continue reading Wilbur Smith’s ‘Shout at the Devil’: A Book Where Comedy Turns to Tragedy

‘Fame is the Spur’ by Howard Spring: A Fascinating Depiction of an Opportunist Protagonist

I'm reading ‘Fame is the Spur’ by Howard Spring, published in 1940. This is, of course, an epic story recounting the rise of the labour movement in the UK in the late nineteenth century until the 1930.s, and of the fate of one labour politician in particular; this is in some ways a dismally familiar … Continue reading ‘Fame is the Spur’ by Howard Spring: A Fascinating Depiction of an Opportunist Protagonist

Review of ‘The Manchester Man’ an 1873 novel by Mrs G Linnaeus Banks

I heard of the 1873 novel, ‘The Manchester Man’  through its being  mentioned in the footnotes of Joyce Marlow's book 'The Peterloo Massacre' as having an excellent account of the horrors of that day depicted within it. ‘Mrs G Linnaeus Banks’  novel (female Victorian writers were known by all of their husband's names)  had an … Continue reading Review of ‘The Manchester Man’ an 1873 novel by Mrs G Linnaeus Banks