One Minute Book Review – Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell

London 1595 and Richard, younger brother of William Shakespeare is a player in the Lord Chamberlain’s Men where William is both playwright and a sharer (a senior member of the company who shared both its expenses and its profits). Richard’s arrival in London a few years earlier was not welcomed by William. He packed Richard … Continue reading One Minute Book Review – Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell

One Minute Book Review – Crimson and Bone by Marina Fiorato

Near the beginning of Crimson and Bone Annie Stride, the main character of the novel,  describes a room in the house of pre-Raphaelite painter Francis Maybrick Gill as 'a jewel box of a place'. Much the same could be said of this novel with its vibrant descriptions of the physical surroundings, of the characters and … Continue reading One Minute Book Review – Crimson and Bone by Marina Fiorato

One Minute Book Review – Angelica by Arthur Phillips

This is an unsettling novel where reality and the supernatural blend together. Set in London in the 1880s, it the story of a family on the verge of breakdown. Angelica has spent the first four years of her life sleeping in her parents’ room. When her father, Joseph Barton, moves her into a room of … Continue reading One Minute Book Review – Angelica by Arthur Phillips

Maps

Quite some years ago I applied for a job cataloguing maps. The interview  was going well when one of the interviewers placed a map in front of me and asked me how I would catalogue it - it was a cadastral map overlaying a topographic map of an area of Melbourne in the 1880s. I … Continue reading Maps

One Minute Book Review – Noonday by Pat Barker

The third book in Pat Barker's Life Class trilogy takes up the story of Elinor Brooke,  Paul Tarrant and Kit Neville in 1940, over twenty years after the events of the first two books ( 1 -Life Class and 2-Toby's Room)  The world is at war again and London  is suffering sustained aerial bombing. As … Continue reading One Minute Book Review – Noonday by Pat Barker

Portraits of London Street Children from the Early 1900s

Images of poverty can easily be skimmed over when looking at old photographs but, for me, the sight of the children's bare feet is a visceral reminder of the reality of their lives. The photographer is Horace Warner (Spitalfields Nippers published by Spitalfields Life Books) Many more photographs can be found at Vintage Everyday: vintage … Continue reading Portraits of London Street Children from the Early 1900s