A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier

Tracy Chevalier has turned her hand to more recent history in this novel, which is set in the 1930s.  She’s written a story of social and domestic history as colourful and rich in detail as one of the kneelers her heroine sets out to create. Violet Speedwell is a spinster of a certain age living … Continue reading A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier

Island Song by Madeleine Bunting

Madeleine Bunting has written a book that works on different levels.  It’s a story about how a young girl managed in the second world war in occupied Guernsey, a love story and a tale about the search of a daughter for her family history. She has previously written a book about the occupation (The Model … Continue reading Island Song by Madeleine Bunting

Anna-Marie Crowhurst – The Illumination of Ursula Flight

A witty and ebullient account of a young woman in the seventeenth century, The Illumination of Ursula Flight tells the tale of her childhood, early marriage and development in this historical novel. Ursula grows up in a country manor house, her imagination and intelligence encouraged by her father (unusually for the day) and rather frowned … Continue reading Anna-Marie Crowhurst – The Illumination of Ursula Flight

Imogen Hermes Gowar – The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock

A fabulously detailed historical novel set in 1700s London. Josiah Hancock has received a little more than he bargained for when the captain of his ship comes back with a mermaid. He is inducted into Georgian pr when he attempts to publicise the curiosity more widely - the coffee shops and salons were the social … Continue reading Imogen Hermes Gowar – The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock