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May 2014

I should have posted this ages ago but it’s better late than never, I suppose! Although this blog will still retain its emphasis on women’s history, I also really enjoy sharing more about my actual real life here too so am going to post a bit more about that in future. Anyway, May was a bit of a blinder of a month so I thought I’d kick off with some choice highlights via the wonders of Instagram and my gin fuddled memories. Let’s go! May kicked off with the completely amazing Georgian sleepover at Hampton Court Palace, which I enjoyed […]


March – My Month

My amazing new Bloody Mary Metal sword earrings/graffiti in Bristol/poorly five year old/Viking exhibition preview. I can’t believe that March is already over – especially as February seemed to drag on and on and on. It’s been a mostly good one though, with a trip to London for the press review of the epic Vikings exhibition at the British Museum as a definite highlight even if I wasn’t absolutely smitten by the show itself. Closer to home, we had one of our regular outings to the SS Great Britain, which is the very best attraction in Bristol (I’ve got a […]


From Whitechapel GIN necklace giveaway!

Morning world. Well, the launch week of From Whitechapel is drawing to a close now and I have to say that I am so staggered and touched by the kind reception that it received. You’re all brilliant and I really hope that those of you who bought copies have enjoyed reading it. To say thank you for being so marvellous and to celebrate From Whitechapel‘s publication, I thought it would be fun to do a giveaway to mark the occasion. As you probably all know, I am a MASSIVE FAN of Bete Noire’s beautiful jewellery and as the book involves […]


An Evening with the Gin Lane Gazette

I’ve been quite annoyed to miss out on all the delightful events linked to Adrian Teal’s brilliant The Gin Lane Gazette so I’m really pleased that there is one coming up at No 1 Royal Crescent in Bath, which is just up the road to me. Hurrah. An Evening with the Gin Lane Gazette is being held on the 29th of November and promises to be ‘an enchanted evening of Georgian entertainment as we welcome caricaturist and author of The Gin Lane Gazette, Adrian Teal, and historian Hallie Rubenhold to take you back to an age of elegance and excess. […]


This Week

My two stones award from Slimming World! My new GIN necklace from Tatty Devine. The perfect summer scent – Eau Moheli by Diptyche. The Cath Kidston Gromit. It’s been a bit of a busy one at Guillotine Towers as we’re off on holiday at the weekend! We’re not going anywhere exotic – just spending a fortnight in Cumbria (on the edge of the Lake District) so that I can finish From Whitechapel and visit Alnwick Castle and Edinburgh. It’s going to be lovely. Anyway, this means that I’ve been winding down the blog a bit at the moment and also […]


Writing Update – 17/6/13

The women of Whitechapel arming themselves against the Ripper. Nice work ladies. Photo: The Museum of London. Yes, it’s that time of the week when I ramble on about how the Ripper Book is doing. Seriously everyone, this weekly update is probably the only thing keeping me on the straight and narrow when it comes to writing this book. This and the prospect of a celebratory weekend on the lash in Spitalfields once it’s done and dusted. Ripper Book Progress, week ending 16th June 2013: Current word count – 53,630/90,000. Body count – 4/8. Most overused word – ‘Whitechapel’. Favourite […]