Berlin – Part Two 2

We woke up bright and early on our second morning in Berlin and after some deliberation decided to head off to Museum Island to partake in some CULTURE. After eyeing the queue to get into the Pergamon, we decided instead to visit the rather less busy Neues Museum, which houses the iconic bust of Nefertiti. […]

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Sherlock Holmes: The Man Who Never Lived And Will Never Die 7

As long term readers of this blog will be VERY well aware of, I am a MASSIVE HUGE Sherlock Holmes fan. Always have been and always will be. I can’t remember when I first fell in love with Sherlock but I’m pretty sure that the Ladybird version of The Hound of the Baskervilles was involved. […]

Berlin – Part One 7

When it comes to history, there are few cities with such a chequered and fascinating past as Berlin. I’ve wanted to visit for a really long time but had been vaguely put off by friends’ accounts of a grim concrete wilderness and endless building sites as the newly prosperous and unified city pulled itself together. […]

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English Heritage Giveaway 27

Hello hello! I am now back from Berlin and am currently wading through HUNDREDS of photos as I prepare to share our adventures with you all. It was an incredible five days though and I have LOTS to tell you about. In the meantime, however, here’s a chance for one of you to have some […]

Goodbye to All That 20

So, here it is. The last day of my thirties. I’ve been completely dreading this, which is, I know, just a trifle VAIN of me but forty just seems like such a HUGE number plus when I was growing up, women in their forties were, well, old and I just don’t feel ready to be […]

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Happy Bloody Halloween 4

Happy Bloody Halloween by madame-guillotine featuring red jewelry Falconwright leather purse, £61 / Topshop red jewelry, £9.38 / What A Mess Scoop Skater Dress › Black Milk Clothing, £53 / JAMILA | Womens Boots | Official Dr Martens Store – UK / Library of Fragrance Gingerbread Eau de Toilette 30ml | Fragrance -… / Applecurrant […]

Mark Bruce’s Dracula at Bristol Old Vic

Photo: Farrows Creative. Being a bit of a goth, you can imagine how delighted I was to be asked along to the press night for Mark Bruce’s superlative and erotic reimagining of Dracula at the Bristol Old Vic. I usually write reviews within a day or so of the performance but my illness means that […]

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Josephine: Desire, Ambition, Napoleon 4

‘This is the incredible rise and unbelievable fall of a woman whose energy and ambition is often overshadowed by Napoleon’s military might. In this triumphant biography, Kate Williams tells Josephine’s searing story, of sexual obsession, politics and surviving as a woman in a man’s world. Abandoned in Paris by her aristocratic husband, Josephine’s future did […]

From Whitechapel is out in paperback! 12

“This is Melanie Clegg’s best book yet. Her encyclopaedic knowledge of the period allows the reader to relax into the story and be swept along.” Rachael Lucas Set against the Jack the Ripper murders of 1888 the lives of three women intertwine as they are propelled towards a collision with the crime spree of the […]



A trip to the Opera

Opera cape, 1898. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. As some of the more keen eyed among you may have noticed, I am about to turn forty in the next few weeks and have been rather ineptly working my way through a list of things that I feel like I REALLY NEED TO DO […]

Juno and the Paycock, Bristol Old Vic

Juno and the Paycock, Des McAleer (Captain Boyle) and Niamh Cusack (Juno). Photo: Stephen Vaughan. ‘The world’s in the grip of change for Juno and her peacock of a husband – a daughter flirting with marriage and politics, a civil war outside the door, a son wounded and hiding from the conflict. Could the reading […]

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Catherine Eddowes and Kosminski

It seems like Jack the Ripper is back in the news again in a rather big way, which is jolly nice for me as, like Russell Edwards, who is responsible for the latest furore, I also have a book to promote. I wasn’t actually planning to blog about this but I’ve had so many people […]

Being Georgian at Kew Palace

This has been an amazing year for the Historic Royal Palaces thanks to the amazing events they have had going on to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Hanoverian succession to the British throne upon the death of Queen Anne in 1714. I’ve been really privileged to visit the palaces during this time and even […]

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Marie Mancini and Louis XIV

Portrait of three of the nieces of Cardinal Mazarin portrayed as goddesses, Venus, Juno and Diana, unknown artist. Photo: Musee de la Ville de Paris, Musee du Petit-Palais, France. One of my favourite characters while writing my seventeenth century novel Minette was the amazing Marie Mancini – she just seemed to light up every single […]

Windsor Castle

When I posted the other day about my forthcoming fortieth birthday (eek!), many of you expressed astonishment that I had ‘visit Windsor Castle’ on my Things To Do Before I Turn Forty List. Which is fair enough – after all, I am a history blogger and have been resident in the UK for my entire […]

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Marguerite d’Anjou

As some of you may have discerned from various mumblings on my blog’s Facebook page, I am currently frenziedly working away on a novel about Marie de Guise, the mother of Mary Queen of Scots. It’s proving to be my most challenging work yet, but I am thoroughly enjoying writing it and hope to have […]

Salisbury Cathedral

Buoyed up by our amazingly successful visit to Wells, I decided to persuade my husband that we really ought to attempt a trip to Salisbury to take a look at THEIR cathedral the next day. Which would have been fine, except my husband’s enthusiasm for old things in general and cathedrals in particular is MUCH […]

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