The Victorian Governess, by Katherine Hughes, gives a straight forward account of what life was really like for those women who floated uneasily on the border between servant and lady.
A Victorian Hallowe'en
On Hallowe'en 2019, my partner and I made our way across the Shropshire countryside to Acton Scott. Not far from the Long Mynd and the Stiperstones, Acton Scott really does feel a million miles from the hustle of everyday life. In the dark, it's a perfectly spooky setting!
Squalid Slums and Stately Homes: Inspiration for The Button Maker
Slums, stately homes, and nursery rhymes: inspiration for my third novel.
The Victorian House by Judith Flanders: Research Books
I have just finished The Victorian House by Judith Flanders. After writing five books set in the Victorian period, I felt my research needed topping up. Well, I couldn’t have started with a better book.
Brodick Castle: A Victorian Duke and Princess
Step back in time and explore the Victorian Brodick Castle on the Isle of Arran.
A murder case and an old bird: Inspiration for The Promise Keeper
Whilst reading Bedside Book of Murder: fifty chilling stories – all true, I found inspiration for The Promise Keeper. The story was called The Horror of the Stauntons, and truly, it was horrific.
Kinver Edge and The Rock Houses: A Day Out
On a sunny Sunday morning, I ventured to Kinver Edge in Stourbridge. Now belonging to the National Trust, it is a haven for tourists who can explore the many acres of woodland and open areas, and of course, the famous rock houses.
What I Was - Review
A beguiling, slow-paced YA novel about love and identity in 1960s England.
A Victorian Butcher's Shop
What was it like to be a butcher in the 1800s?
RESEARCH - BRISTOL LUNATIC ASYLUM
The Glenside Hospital Museum shows us what life was really like in a Victorian Asylum.