The seal of the confessional

The second of two guest posts this week (three if you count Tammy's regular journal entry on Thursday). This time it's Anna Legat talking about one of the key issues in her new novel, Broken. Father Joseph is one of the two main protagonists of my domestic noir...

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Journal of the Covid years: another quiet birthday

Last week we celebrated my birthday with a couple of days away on the South Downs. Two years ago was rather different. While Boris Johnson was comfortably accepting assurances that he never broke any rules, we were worrying about whether we were allowed to sit down...

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A Medieval Love Triangle

A Medieval Love Triangle

A guest post this week from Carol McGrath whose latest novel, The Stone Rose, is published on 21 April. Isabella of France, the protagonist of my new novel, The Stone Rose, left her homeland in 1308 on 7th February, aged twelve. She had married Edward II of England in...

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Buildwas Abbey

Buildwas Abbey

One of the lovely things about living in Britain is how you are really surrounded by history. Most of the time we don’t notice it. Of course, living in London, I know that there are medieval places like the Tower of London, but most people don’t visit them very often....

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Journal of the Covid Years: Adapting

We continue with a weekly summary of life two years ago from the perspective of my beloved's journal. This week we begin to adapt to lockdown life. Looking back from today, with Johnson's allies assuring us that nobody ever took it all that seriously, it's difficult...

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The homes of the rich in Ironbridge

When we went to Ironbridge we stayed at the Best Western Valley Hotel. It’s a very short walk from the bridge and I’m happy to recommend it. (No they haven’t paid me.) Significantly, as far as this week’s blog post goes, it was built in 1757 as Severn House, the home...

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Journal of the Covid Years: Happy(-ish) Birthday

Two years ago this week was my beloved's birthday. We'd been planning a big party, but that obviously wasn't happening. Instead life was all about sprucing up the house so we could do everything at home that we used to do everywhere else. For Tammy, that meant...

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The Ides of April: Lindsay Davis

The Ides of April: Lindsay Davis

I used to be a huge fan of Lindsay Davis’s Falco stories – a model of how to write historical crime fiction. Falco eventually grew a little too middle aged to keep on with his criminal investigations and the torch was passed to his daughter, Albia. The Ides of April...

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