Caitlin Davies – Family Likeness

Caitlin Davies

I’m delighted to be talking to Caitlin Davies, a wonderful writer of both fiction and non-fiction. Family Likeness, Caitlin’s fifth novel is published by Hutchinson on July 4th. The novel explores identity, belonging and race – moving between contemporary north London, a children’s home of the 1950s and the tantalising […]

Catherine Jones: WONDER GIRLS

Wonder Girls tells the story of Ida Gaze, the first woman to swim the Bristol Channel, and her friend Freda Voyle. Seen partly through the eyes of the elderly Ceci, it is an exploration of the span and course of women’s lives and friendships, in the context of the changing times […]

Sarah Whittingham’s FERN FEVER


Sarah Whittingham’s book on the Victorians’ passion for ferns – FERN FEVER The Story of Pteridomania, is a readable, beautiful and authoritative hardback. Thoroughly researched, wonderfully illustrated with period photographs and illustrations, and some contemporary images, the book immediately convinces as a classic text on the subject. Dr Sarah Whittingham, better […]

David Waller – THE PERFECT MAN

The Perfect Man

Hi David and thanks for agreeing to be interviewed on the subject of The Perfect Man, The Muscular Life and Times of Eugen Sandow, Victorian Strongman. I’d like to start with the very arresting cover. It shows Eugen Sandow striking a characteristically muscular pose, dressed in a pair of rather […]

Essie Fox – The Virtual Victorian

Essie Fox

Essie Fox’s The Somnambulist is an atmospheric and richly-imagined Gothic novel set in London in the late 1800s. The story revolves around the lives of three women – 17-year-old Phoebe Turner, her salvationist mother Maud Turner and her adored Aunt Cissy, a singer. When, following a visit to Wilton’s Music […]