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My love of reading began with and is still fuelled by an obsession with historical fiction. But why is this genre so beguiling? …

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The Collector’s Daughter

Prologue

The first thing you need to know about collecting is that only the extraordinary will do. Kings and queens, princes and princesses are your patrons, the ones you serve to please and with each object you begin to build something beautiful. It is an art form, to pluck the jewelled fruits from the earth’s crust and fuse them into ugly rocks made unique and sparkling in the night. For this art you will also need a skilled craftsman. You will need to find someone who can smell gold and silver, masterpieces, hidden histories, tiny treasures and monstrous beings. If I have piqued your interest, reader, then turn the page to start your adventure.

What I’m Reading

Hunny I’m home!

It’s been a while, I’ve been busy, my brain’s been even busier and my mind has drifted off somewhere into the ether…BUT I’m here to get writing again and for starters, here’s what I’ve been reading:

Social Creature, by Tara Isabella Burton – debut novel with bite. If you love Gossip Girl, Gatsby, Macbeth, murder and intrigue, then this is for you. Fun fact: I played the lead for all of one hour in Tara’s play before I got myself into a pickle, i.e. concussed after two scenes and next thing you know I’m at the hospital dressed as a fairy and taking selfies in the loos with one giant quasimodo eye. True story.

The Queen of the Night, by Alexander Chee – an epic operetta in a novel. Superficially indulging, impeccably researched and located in Belle Epoch Paris. It’s weighty and sumptous, like velvet theatre curtains, but I’m not sure I would re-read in a hurry.

Jane Seymour, The Haunted Queen, by Alison Weir – the third and arguably ‘most loved’ wife of Henry VIII. She’s blonde, she’s bland and she’s already getting on my nerves. However, this Jane has a blossoming personality and if you can get past the first 50 pages of victorian-esque family hysteria then it’s a perfect historical escape.

Hot Milk, by Deborah Levy – hot, sticky and irritating. Best read in Spain, on the beach, with the sea nearby for fast relief. Never again Deborah.

Reading suggestions welcome, comments encouraged. Enjoy the sunshine –

Josephine

 

 

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‘Six Tudor Queens’, by Alison Weir – the first and second books

Weir both liberates and suppresses the experiences of these women. She gives them a voice, but only in opposition to one another and in many ways contributes to the compartmentalisation of their stories. Hello again Reader, I decided to push the boat out (admittedly not very far) by reading historical fiction by someone other than […]

Happy International Women’s Day!

Wishing my fellow bloggers and readers a very happy #IWD!

I’m celebrating by reading Elizabeth Kostova’s debut novel The Historian on my commute to and from work.

What better way to honour women than to acknowledge the success of female authors in a male-dominated industry and world. Over the past twenty years female writers have become more and more visible, crafting stories and characters with acute observation and extensive research. Today authors such as JK Rowling and Philippa Gregory hold the limelight and continue to be critically acclaimed for their works. I am especially in awe of authors who focus exclusively on the female experience and who in turn challenge patriarchal readings of history. It’s these stories that command attention and while fictional, retain a significance in the present and reflect the gendered insecurities in every day life.

And so, I urge women to relay their experiences, to put pen to paper and remember that you are good enough. I also encourage you to support other women and non-binary individuals in what may seem like a scary world and above all, to find solace in literature and books.

Much love,

Josephine

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