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Guest Post – Goldcord Asylum

Hello there campers! I am having a day off today as I’m hosting a guest piece by upcoming authoress of doom and GIN fuelled misery, Jude Starling whose new book Goldcord Asylum came out this week and is BRILLIANT. I’d DEFINITELY recommend this one to anyone fascinated by Victorian asylums. An unfortunate looking patient in a reinforced strong dress. You know that scene in the Coppola adaptation of Dracula in which we see inside Jack Seward’s 1890s ‘lunatic asylum’ and the patients are being hosed and beaten with sticks by attendants who appear to be wearing hamster cages on their […]

Writing update – The Ripper Book

The women of Whitechapel arming themselves against the Ripper. Nice work ladies. Photo: The Museum of London. I’ve been neglecting this blog a bit, haven’t I? Sorry about that. The fact of the matter is that I’ve been hard at work on my novel about the Whitechapel Murders in 1888, which is turning into a bit of an epic project with all sorts of things going on. As some of you may recall, I started working on the so called Ripper Book about eighteen months ago but then shelved it while I wrote Minette. However, it’s now my main focus […]

The unfortunate wedding of Prinny and Caroline of Brunswick

George, Prince of Wales and Caroline Amelia Elizabeth of Brunswick, Sloane after Cosway, 1797. Photo: National Portrait Gallery. I don’t think the couple EVER looked this content together in actuality. Royal weddings have always exerted a curious fascination on fans of history, but I think that the nuptials of the future George IV and Caroline of Brunswick on the 8th of April 1795 are definitely up there when it comes to melodrama, iniquity and soap opera levels of awfulness. Although George had been winsomely charming and rather good looking in a pop eyed sort of way in his youth, he […]

Coming soon…

I know that a lot of you will be pleased to hear that Blood Sisters, my original novel of POSH DOOM and aristocratic iniquity during the French Revolution will be available thanks to an exciting collaboration with the superb Burning Eye as a limited edition paperback in the very near future, which should be good news for those of you without Kindles who have been asking when you’ll be able to read my books! When the beautiful Comtesse de Saint-Valèry is dragged unwillingly from her Parisian home in the dead of night, her three young daughters are left to an […]

Etiquette and Espionage

It’s one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It’s quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School. Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners–and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality. But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother […]

Sealed with a Kiss…

Jilly Cooper. I had to use this photo as I had this EXACT SAME jumper when I was growing up. Anyway, today’s post comes courtesy of one of my very best chums, Rachael from Tales from the Village, who wants to talk about Jilly Cooper and her new book… My dear chum Melanie, aka Madame G, is an intelligent sort. Her mantra is ‘What Would Hilary Mantel Do?‘. Rather shamingly I have to confess that my life is led more along the lines of ‘What Would Jilly Cooper’s Characters Do?’ due to my quite ridiculous obsession with Jilly world. I […]