The Asylum – a review

There seems to be a theme, in a number of the books I've read, being that a woman's confinement within an asylum has been part of some great conspiracy to, as I've noted before, silence them. This is the kind of thing I'd love to study, and write a paper on. And I might just … Continue reading The Asylum – a review

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Florence & Giles – a review

Florence & Giles, by John Harding is unlike anything I've read before. Sure, I've seen the Gothic elements before, but I'm talking about the language. At first I was like, "Jeez, there seems to be a few errors." then I was like, "Have I forgotten English?" then I realised, "Ah!" and then it was like, "Holy … Continue reading Florence & Giles – a review

An unintentional review post on Wildthorn

All of my books have arrived in the mail. Woo! I can't wait to crack into them! I recently finished reading Wildthorn, by Jane Eagland. It was amazing! But, I will speak (write?) more of that in a minute. I just started Florence and Giles, by John Harding. It was so difficult to choose (from … Continue reading An unintentional review post on Wildthorn

Historical fiction: Research

I know a lot of people, myself included, who have said that they feel like they belong in another period of time. Yes, I feel that at times. All the time. Absolutely. I think the idea of being, say in 19thC London, away from the thrall of Facebook (and away from the evil trolls who frequent it), … Continue reading Historical fiction: Research

Writing historical fiction – the pros, the cons, the heartaches

"I’ve always had a fondness for historical fiction, and I’ve particularly admired the commitment and the lengths writers go to, to create the perfect story in our world..."

In defence of purple prose

I've been writing for a number of years now, but it was only recently that I heard the term, "purple prose". Ever since then, I've heard it cop a lot of flak and I didn't (and still don't) understand why. But firstly... what is "purple prose"? Purple prose is a literary term used to refer … Continue reading In defence of purple prose

The Treatment – a review (spoilers)

This will be a long review (or essay)... but I have so much I want to discuss! The Treatment, by Suzanne Young, picks up where The Program left off. Being agonisingly left on tenterhooks by the first novel, I made sure I had the sequel in my hands days after finishing the first. Check out my review … Continue reading The Treatment – a review (spoilers)