New review from Baggybookworm

  New review up today for The Last Train Home & Other Stories; check it out here!   Baggybookworm is a well-ranged, general review site just coming back from a hiatus – check out past reviews and Follow for notification of future ones.   Thanks Branka!   Advertisements

Hidden historical heroines (#10: Amy Johnson)

  Amy Johnson CBE, (1 July 1903 – 5 January 1941) was a pioneering aviatrix who broke several world records in the field of aviation.   Although Amy was to repeatedly assure people she was no tomboy – rather, she liked the girlier things in life – she preferred to be known by her friends […]

TEN… creepy books to read this Hallowe’en

  It’s definitely feeling autumnal here in London, even if the beautiful orange and gold of the turned leaves is being faded out by a lingering fog of almost Dickensian proportions. This weekend the clocks go back and it will be getting dark  and colder at around three o’clock in the afternoon! Definitely the right […]

TEN… books about Anne Boleyn

  Do not believe for one second that the pinnacle of ‘Anne Boleyn’ focused historical fiction is ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’. Philippa Gregory is great for an interesting – and easy – historical read, but her Anne was a two-dimensional bitch and, as a result, so many people now automatically share that view. Unforgivable! Give […]

Hidden historical heroines (#09: Joanna Plantagenet)

  Joanna Plantagenet of England (October 1165 – 24 September 1199) was the seventh child of Henry II of England and his infamous queen consort, Eleanor of Aquitaine. During the course of her life she was a Princess of England, the Queen of Sicily and the Countess of Toulouse.   Being the youngest of the […]

Hidden historical heroines (#08: Scota)

Scota is a psuedohistorical character in Irish and Scottish mythology, the daughter of an Egyptian Pharoah to whom the Gaels traced their ancestry; she allegedly explains the name Scoti, applied by the Romans to Irish raiders, and later to the Irish invaders of what would later be known as Scotland. If Scota lived at all, she lived sometime in the centuries around 1400 BC. Tradition holds her […]

Hidden historical heroines (#07: Lola Montez)

  Eliza Rosanna Gilbert, Countess of Landsfeld (17 February 1818 – 17 January 1861) – better known by the stage name Lola Montez – was an Irish-born dancer who found world-wide fame on the stage and as a courtesan.  Her mother, Elizabeth Oliver, was the daughter of an Irish MP. She married a solider – […]