Interesting things I read last month – May 2021

How young couples managed to meet before the advent of social media Rustic Courtship Love island: the love lives of our 19th century ancestorsby Dr Marion McGarryIn recent years, apps have increasingly facilitated online dating, Indeed, thanks to Covid-19, these have become the only way for single people to link up with potential partners. Covid … Continue reading Interesting things I read last month – May 2021

My Reading – May 2021

The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata MasseyOn the morning Perveen saw the stranger, they'd almost collided. Deep South: Stories from Tasmania edited by by Ralph Crane and Danielle WoodHe had never heard of the ‘enthusiasm of humanity’—the expression was not in fashion in his day, and, if it had been, I doubt whether he … Continue reading My Reading – May 2021

Sisters at War by Clare Flynn

Today, I’m delighted to be sharing an excerpt from Clare Flynn’s newly released book Sisters at War as part of a blog tour hosted by The Coffee Pot Book Club. Over the following days, Hannah agonised over how to tackle what she had begun to think of as ‘The Judith Situation’. She became increasingly convinced … Continue reading Sisters at War by Clare Flynn

The Elusive Elizabeth Robinson

This article was originally published in Western Ancestor, the quarterly magazine of the Western Australian Genealogical Society, September 2020 issue (Vol.14, No.11) My father, a fourth generation Tasmanian, began researching his family history around sixty years ago but, unfortunately, was not particularly interested in the female lines. When I inherited Dad’s papers, I decided to … Continue reading The Elusive Elizabeth Robinson

The Cotillion Brigade by Glen Craney

Today, I’m delighted to be sharing an excerpt from Glen Craney's new book The Cotillion Brigade as part of a blog tour hosted by The Coffee Pot Book Club. The Cotillion Brigade is a novel of the American Civil War and the most famous female militia in American history. Lagrange, GeorgiaMay 1856 Nancy gathered the … Continue reading The Cotillion Brigade by Glen Craney

Chat with Catherine Meyrick

This interview is from Lisette's Writer's Chateau where Lisette Brodey interviews fellow authors not only about their books and approaches to writing but life in general. Lisette is the author of ten novels and one short story collection. She writes in a range of genres from literary fiction, women's fiction and chick-lit to YA paranormal … Continue reading Chat with Catherine Meyrick

Book Review- Soldier of Fate by Brook Allen

Brook Allen’s Antonius trilogy follows the life of Marcus Antonius from his beginnings as the son of a man disgraced by failure through to the military commander and lover of Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, tracing his exploits as a military leader and his family relationships. The first, Son of Rome, concentrates on the period from the death … Continue reading Book Review- Soldier of Fate by Brook Allen

The Queen’s Rival by Anne O’Brien

Today I'm delighted to be sharing an excerpt from Anne O’Brien's The Queen's Rival, a novel of Cecily Neville, Duchess of York. The Queen's Rival has been recently released in paperback. Duchess Cecily teaches a lesson in Ludlow Castle, October 1459 We were in occupation of one of the corner chambers in the old gatehouse … Continue reading The Queen’s Rival by Anne O’Brien

My Reading – April 2021

Rooted : an Australian History of Bad Language by Amanda LaugesenIn 1821, the Reverend Robert Cartwright, an Anglican minister who had arrived in Sydney in 1810, provided testimony to the Bigge Commission, which was investigating how effective transportation was in deterring crime. The Crow Trap by Ann CleevesIf you were looking for Baikie's Cottage on … Continue reading My Reading – April 2021