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Those alarming but strangely familiar Victorians, part 8: a new political philosophy

2019-09-30T09:50:37+00:00My Writer's blog|

It’s appropriate that the so many of the nineteenth century’s great thinkers in the UK were such passionate political sociologists. After all, Karl Marx it was who pointed out that capitalism was the necessary precursor for socialism. And now was the time when capitalism took off – creating an urban […]

Those alarming but strangely familiar Victorians, part 7: how children amused themselves

2019-08-31T13:49:33+00:00My Writer's blog|

Victorian children in Britain didn’t have wardrobes and chests full of toys and games, in general. There was none of that blinking, blurping buzzing stuff on phones and games sets that they have now. Land sakes, even I made up some of my own toys and games when I was […]

Those Alarming but surprisingly familiar Victorians – Part 5: Of bigamy and surprisingly loose domestic arrangements

2019-06-23T10:24:57+00:00My Writer's blog|

There is mention of bigamy in my novel What Empty Things Are These. I won’t say more about those details, since there may be one or two of you out there who haven’t read it. Hard to believe…. But there you are.

 

As I was saying: bigamy. While I was thinking […]

Those alarming but familiar Victorians. – Part 4: Of fraudsters and their hired thugs

2019-05-30T13:38:43+00:00My Writer's blog|

Of fraudsters and their hired thugs

 

Ah, my friends, you’re back. I promised you a look at shonky Victorians who took advantage of burgeoning capitalism and the leap to the fore of intrepreneurialism … and inspired a major character in my book, What Empty Things Are These. So did The Way […]

Those alarming but familiar Victorians – Part 3: The society of women (some thoughts)

2019-04-13T13:58:54+00:00My Writer's blog|

The society of women (some thoughts)

 

This month, I’m continuing with the theme of women in 1860 (or thereabouts), and their relationship with each other. It’s a not-so-subtle, and not at all minor, sub-theme in What Empty Things Are These (or WETAT for short). And you will recognise references to the […]

Those alarming but familiar Victorians – Part 1. 1860…About those dresses

2019-02-12T10:21:07+00:00My Writer's blog|

It’s 1860. About those dresses

 

My novel What Empty Things Are These is set in 1860. What could their dress say about the status of women in 1860? Well, that may be obvious – but what does it say about a particular kind of chaos in the minds of Victorians? Perhaps […]