The Pearl and the Carnelian

My debut novel, published in September 2016. "Britain, 1934. Hester Blake, an ambitious girl from an industrial Northern town, finds a job as a lady's maid in a small aristocratic household. Despite their impressive title and glorious past, the Fitzmartins are crumbling under the tribulations of the new century. In the cold isolation of these new surroundings, Hester ends up hopelessly besotted ... VIEW THE POST >>

Photo-essay: London between the wars

1920s and 1930s continue to provide endless inspiration for writers, re-enactors, swing dancers, vintage lovers and period drama directors alike. It was a difficult, bitter, glittering, glorious, complex time. The city awoke from its post-WW1 slumber and sprung into growth far and wide. New banks and theatres, cinemas (now showing "talkies"!) and gentlemen clubs grew, majestic and marble-clad, ... VIEW THE POST >>

Royal Observatory: of stars and wars

This year has given us a new Star Wars film and renewed our (well, mine) longing for the galaxy far, far away. And, of all London sites, none are better suited for this situation, than Royal Observatory in Greenwich. Each year, it hosts a (free-entry) exhibition of Astronomy Photographers of the Year. There, you can see (as I’ve seen) infinite galaxies, blazing aurorae and impressive, if slightly ... VIEW THE POST >>