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History

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

Historical research for my books. 

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.

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.

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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