Posts Tagged The Water Doctor’s Daughters

The Water Doctor’s Daughters Literary Walk; St Leonards.

THE MARSDEN SISTERS MOVE SOUTH This is an extension of The Water Doctor’s Daughters’ original literary walk  around the town of  Great Malvern, Worcestershire. In 1876 Dr James Marsden separated from his second wife Mary to pursue an affair with  Sabina  Welch, a servant girl from Malvern.   Emily, the […]

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NAME THAT BOOK! CHOOSING A TITLE

NAME THAT BOOK! CHOOSING A TITLE

WHAT’S IN A NAME? I recently expressed some disquiet over a book title  chosen by a fellow member of a writers’ group. He  was  actually  seeking advice on whether to include a blurb on the back cover of his memoir. Perhaps rightly, he was not impressed when […]

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DEAR DAMNED DIARY

DEAR DAMNED DIARY

  It is such a privilege to have access to someone’s diaries. I  find myself handling  them with something akin to reverence. Recently I  have been in Sydney’s Mitchell Library  reading those  of  English writer Sylvia Townsend Warner.  Sylvia began them in 1927,  the year after she […]

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THE BEST PART OF WRITING A BOOK?

THE BEST PART OF WRITING  A  BOOK?

Some people might say that the best part of writing a book is typing the words THE END.    Or that the most satisfying part is setting  out on the journey and writing that first sentence.  But for me, there is one stand out moment of pure joy […]

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DEATH AT CHRISTMAS; THE SUSPICIOUS DEATH OF ROSA MARSDEN

DEATH AT CHRISTMAS; THE SUSPICIOUS DEATH OF ROSA MARSDEN

CHRISTMAS 1877.  At  St-Leonards-on-Sea,  in the English county of Sussex, a Christmas market was being held in the ‘old town’.  The shops and churches were decorated with laurel, holly and ivy. Nevertheless, perhaps due to the unseasonable mild  weather, the jollity of the Hastings & St Leonards […]

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BOOK REVIEWERS…PLEASE GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT!

BOOK REVIEWERS...PLEASE GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT!

CLENCH YOUR PEN AND KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT! Authors are  constantly advised  not  to respond to negative reviews.  I fully agree; you  simply cannot argue with another person’s opinion. It is  worth remembering that many literary  classics suffered a hatchet job when first published. I particularly love […]

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ALFRED TENNYSON, JOHN RASHDALL, AND THE MARSDEN CHILDREN

ALFRED TENNYSON, JOHN RASHDALL, AND THE MARSDEN CHILDREN

THE POET AND THE PREACHER An interesting aspect of my book The Water Doctor’s Daughters,  is the lifelong friendship of  the poet Alfred Tennyson  and the Reverend John Rashdall.  The pair had grown up together in rural Lincolnshire, and were contemporaries at Cambridge University.  Rashdall was the […]

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MRS MACQUARIE AND THE MYSTERY OF ST JOHN’S SPIRES

MRS MACQUARIE AND THE MYSTERY OF ST JOHN'S SPIRES

  When St John’s church at Parramatta  (New South Wales)  was being remodelled circa 1817, Elizabeth Macquarie offered some advice to the project’s architect, Lieutenant John Watts. In 1895 Watt’s daughter, Mrs M.E. Bagot wrote, ‘….Mrs Macquarie produced a water-colour sketch of the Reculvers, a ruined church […]

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THE NOT SO SECRET LITERARY AGENT

THE NOT SO SECRET LITERARY AGENT

NB – THIS ARTICLE WAS FIRST PUBLISHED ON THE  ‘STARTS AT SIXTY’  WEBSITE. IT HAS BEEN SLIGHTLY UPDATED AND PICS ADDED. LITERARY AGENT ANGST In 2011 I completed  a narrative non-fiction book on a controversial, 19th century criminal case. The events in The Water Doctor’s Daughters take […]

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A Mother’s Love Expressed in Reading Aloud.

Fifty five  years ago I was a wide eyed, sharp eared kid growing up on Tasmania’s North West Coast.  One weekend my mother and  I visited her brother’s family in a nearby town.  Over afternoon tea my aunt  described an incident that had taken place a few […]

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