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.
What was life like back in the good ol' days?
Historical research for my books.
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.
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.
RESEARCH - THE OLD BAILEY ONLINE
Why, as a writer, I love The Old Bailey Online.
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The Butchers Wife - a tale of deceit and revenge!