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Alice Morley reviews Victoria by Daisy Goodwin

Posted on: 24/10/2016 with tags: Daisy Goodwin, English History, fiction, historical fiction, Victoria, Victorian

For the many fans of ITV’s Victoria series (amongst whom I count myself!) this is a must read: a novelisation of the first half of the series by its writer. (Spoiler: there’s not much Albert, sadly). All the memorable scenes between Victoria and her beloved Lord M are recreated, with the internal thoughts of the characters adding more depth to their feelings for each other. Even if you haven’t watched the TV, this is a fantastic read. Opening at the moment Victoria became queen, the novel charts…

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Jeska Lyons reviews The Unseeing by Anna Mozzola

Posted on: 09/09/2016 with tags: crime fiction, debut novel, historical crime, historical fiction, history, Reviews, Victorian, Victorian England

What struck me the most when reading this book was the incredible sense of time and place Mazzola creates, and how vividly she paints a picture of grim 1830s London. We meet Sarah Gale, the epitome of a fallen woman, as she is sentenced to hang for assisting her lover James Greenacre in the murder of the seemingly innocent Hannah Brown. From the first page you are transported into poor Sarah Gales’ bleak world, and you don’t escape from her reality until you close the book completely. The atmosp…

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The Ten Best Modern Novels Set in the Nineteenth Century by Anna Mazzola

Posted on: 13/07/2016 Victorian

This is hard. There are many incredible novels set in the nineteenth century and I have read large numbers of them as ‘research’ for my own novels (i.e. as a means of putting off writing my own novels). I am not including within this list books that were actually written in the nineteenth century, as that would make my task impossible. Forgive me for what I have had to leave out. I anticipate years of angry letters from Patrick O’Brian fans. 1. Nights at the Circus, Angela Carter, 1984 Just sque…

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Censorship in the Age of Hypocrisy

Posted on: 19/11/2015 with tags: Elieen Horne, Emile Zola, Zola and the Victorians, Victorian

Zola and the Victorians: Censorship in the Age of Hypocrisy This is an untold story of an altruistic opportunist – a colourful footnote in British history about an adventurer who loved literature and made his living from it. Henry Vizetelly (1820-1894) was a writer and publisher who rightly appreciated the great French novelist and social reformer Émile Zola as the French Tolstoy, and knew, in terms of his sales potential in Britain, that Zola was also a French Dickens, that most popular of Vict…

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