What I’ve Been Reading – Non-Fiction

I have had much more success with my non-fiction lockdown reading than my fiction. Immersing myself in history, whether it’s for research or just pleasure, I’ve relished being able to temporarily escape these dark times, though of course, one thing you can’t help but see is that history does have a habit of repeating itself. […]

The Woman in the Ironed Mask

Don’t panic, this is not going to be a feminist reworking of Alexander Dumas famous novel. It concerns a contemporary phenomenon – facemasks. Not the politics of wearing them either, rather the making of them. I have a bag of scraps left over from sewing projects dating so far back that some of them probably […]

The King’s Jaunt

My current work-in-progress is set in Edinburgh in 1822, during the historic royal visit of King George IV, which happily has necessitated a couple of research trips to one of my favourite cities. A combination of circumstances brought the king to Scotland, not least a stand off between his current (and apparently last) mistress, Lady […]

What I’ve Been Reading – A Kate Atkinson Special!

In eager anticipation of Kate Atkinson’s long awaited new Jackson Brodie book, I’ve been binge-reading her backlist and as a result, she has now firmly established herself as my favourite author ever. Behind the Scenes at the Museum is her first book, and the first of hers that I encountered (this is about my fifth […]