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Squalid Slums and Stately Homes: Inspiration for The Button Maker

Slums, stately homes, and nursery rhymes: inspiration for my third novel.

The Victorian House

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

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 Rock Houses

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.

DEATH AND THE DREADNOUGHT

DEATH AND THE DREADNOUGHT - REVIEW

A fast-paced historical thriller with a lovable rogue.

RESEARCH - THE OLD BAILEY ONLINE

Why, as a writer, I love The Old Bailey Online.