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Alison's Blog

As a writer of history and historical fiction, I delve into a lot of dusty library shelves and obscure corners of the internet. I find things that don't fit the books I'm writing. But they're worth sharing. And this is their place.  

When I was a child, my Mum had a big box full cloth leftovers from her sewing projects. It was a textile treasure chest. Velvet triangles, lengths of lace, Liberty prints and chunky tweeds, from the 1940s to the 1970s. They were all tossed in together, and we were allowed to plunder it for our own purposes. Here's my virtual scrapbox, of words and pictures - unassorted snippets of my reading, writing and research.

If this book were food...

If this book were food... (1)

Authors like to say that books are food for the mind. So I was thinking, if my favourite books were actually food, what food would they be? One rule: they can't all be chocolate, even if they are more-ish and addictive, and some pages do have the occasional melty smudge on them...

Monday, 06 March 2017 02:05

If Dickens were food

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Here's my first one: if Charles Dickens' books were food, they would be Christmas pudding. Not because there's a famous pudding-eating scene in A Christmas Carol. But because his writing is substantial, rich, well-preserved, quintessentially English and all-round Victorian. And with a good measure of nutty character.

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