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History

What was life like back in the good ol' days? 

Historical research for my books. 

Ghosts, Seances and Spiritualism

How the stereotypical gothic image of a circle of people communing with the afterlife came about. 

 

Madhouses and Mental Hospitals

The history of and daily life in lunatic asylums.

Thy drugs are quick: research

"O true apothecary, Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die." Poisons and potions in my latest research. 

Book Inspiration: Bugs and Priest Holes

The inspiration for my free historical novella, The Last Flight of the Ladybird.

The Victorian Governess: Research

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

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.

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