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Harriet Steel
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The Strange Case of the Spanish Buns
Now that we are in the month of Easter and hot cross buns are in the shops, I was interested to come across this little story about the railway from Zurich to Baden,  Switzerland, built in 1847. The story goes that the citizens of Zurich were particularly f...

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A London Palace
    Built in 1756 by John, First Earl Spencer, Spencer House is London's only surviving great 18th century townhouse. The Earl spared no expense to create a magnificent house that, on a small scale, rivals many a royal palace. His wealth was vast. As an exa...

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Meet Alex Martin
I'm delighted to welcome historical novelist,  Alex Martin, to the blog today. Alex, thank you so much for accepting the invitation. Would you like to start by telling readers a bit about yourself and your family? Where are you from? Do you have a day job o...

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Last Day!
My short story collection, Dancing and Other Stories, which includes several prizewinners, one co-authored  with Joanne Harris, is free for today only. Grab a copy while you can!      

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Food Glorious Food!
We can all think of books where food plays an important part, from the famous little cake that triggered Proust's memories to Ratty's wonderful description of the picnic in Wind in the Willows. Food is a very useful tool for the novelist. It helps to create...

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The dull, dark days of January seem a good time to look back as well as forward. After all, the Romans saw Janus, after whom the month is named, as a god with two faces. He was considered to be the god of endings and beginnings and the god of doorways and g...

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A New Year's Gift
It's that time of year when many of us take stock and make good resolutions about how we will improve our lives. Having a healthier lifestyle with more exercise is a popular choice, but beware, there are pitfalls. In Motivation,  Maureen's lifestyle change ...

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Christmas with Maggie
"So shrewd, so kind, so amusingly unkind, so sharp, such fun, so naughty."   "Maggie Greville? I would sooner have an open sewer in my drawing room."   Maggie Greville was one of the most celebrated Edwardian society hostesses but, as the above comments rev...

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My Christmas Present
          With that Christmassy feeling growing and gifts and food taking up more of my thoughts, I decided to give myself an early present and commissioned JD Smith Designs to do the cover for the next book in my Inspector de Silva series. Here it is and I...

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A Treasure House
I can't think of a better pastime to brighten up a dreary November day (here in the UK at least) than looking through my photos from my last visit to the Wallace Collection at Hertford House in London. Portrait of society beauty Nelly O'Brien by Joshua Reyn...
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