Today, I’m pleased to be presenting Wendy J Dunn and her newly released book, Falling Pomegranate Seeds: All Manner of Things, as part of a book tour hosted by The Coffee Pot Book Club. This is the second book in Wendy's series about Catalina of Aragon, the first wife of Henry VIII. Blurb Winter, 1539 … Continue reading Falling Pomegranate Seeds: All Manner of Things by Wendy J Dunn
Today, I'm pleased to be presenting M J Porter and her book The Danish King's Enemy as part of a book tour hosted by The Coffee Pot Book Club. This is the second book in The Earls of Mercia series. Blurb Every story has a beginning. Leofwine has convinced his king to finally face his enemies … Continue reading The Danish King’s Enemy by M J Porter
Firmly based on fact, Weave a Web of Witchcraft tells the story of Hugh Parsons, a man accused of witchcraft by his wife Mary and tried in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1652. The novel begins in England with fifteen-year-old Hugh reluctantly beginning an apprenticeship as a brickmaker. This has been arranged by his father because although … Continue reading Book Review – Weave a Web of Witchcraft by Jean M Roberts
A few months back, while looking at the Wanted ads in issues of the Hobart Mercury of 1878, I was surprised to find, in amongst those for capital hearses, magpies and generally useful boys, an advertisement headed Wanted, a Wife. Mercury, Tas, 22 March 1878 Initially, I was interested to see if ‘Bachelor’ had advertised … Continue reading Wanted! A Wife.
Elizabeth Bagwell figures in the diary of Samuel Pepys, the seventeenth century Naval administrator, as one of his most enduring mistresses. The diary provides us with no hint of how Elizabeth, a married woman, achieved this position, especially as Pepys initially described her as ‘a virtuous modest woman’ who he had ‘a kindness’(!) for. In … Continue reading Book Review – A Plague on Mr Pepys by Deborah Swift
I could argue that I have done reasonably well with my reading this year having finished fifty books but I feel, in some ways, that I have cheated. Nine of those books are children's books and all but one of them less than 200 pages long. These were Tove Jansson's Moomin series which I would … Continue reading 2020 – A Year of Reading
Today, I'm pleased to be presenting David Fitzgerald and his book She Sees Ghosts―The Story of a Woman Who Rescues Lost Souls as part of a book tour hosted by The Coffee Pot Book Club. She Sees Ghosts is the second installment David's Adirondack Spirit series and is available for free download from Amazon until … Continue reading She Sees Ghosts by David Fitz-Gerald
It is now after midnight in my corner of the world so 2021 has begun. Wishing everyone the very best for 2021 – here's hoping that this year's surprises are all pleasant ones.
Grace by Paul Lynch This flood October. And in the early light her mother goes for her, rips her from sleep, takes her from a dream of the world. Bone China by Laura Purcell Love is fragile, my mother once said. It can break. Strange Flowers by Donal Ryan All the light left Paddy Gladney's … Continue reading My Reading – December 2020
This interview is from the website of Pam Lecky a historical novelist who writes enthralling historical mysteries.
Today in the Library we have Catherine Meyrick, who has dropped in to say hello and to share some insights into her life as an author.
You are very welcome, Catherine, please introduce yourself:
Hi Pam, thank you for inviting me.
I am an Australian writer with a love of history. I grew up on the outskirts of Ballarat, a large regional city about 70 miles from Melbourne, one of the first places where gold was discovered in the early 1850s. In many ways, history is a constant presence in Ballarat from the fine 19th century buildings and the wide streets (the main street is wide enough to turn a bullock team) to the Eureka Stockade, an armed rebellion by gold miners objecting to the cost of a miner’s licence, seen basically as taxation without representation. It ultimately resulted in the Victorian Electoral Act 1856 which mandated adult male…
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