Category: books

In The Closed Room

Frances Hodgson Burnett, born in Manchester and relocated to America during her adolescence following the death of her father, swiftly became the breadwinner for her family by crafting fiction for popular magazines. Hodgson demonstrated a talent for transforming clichés about England into captivating narratives tailored for the American mass-market: though she initially focused on creating […]

The Tomb of Sarah

Frederick George Loring was an English naval officer born in 1869, an early expert in the pioneering technology of wireless telegraphy and, incidentally, a writer. Born in the Isle of Wight as the eldest son of Admiral Sir William Loring and Frances Louisa Adams, he followed in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps and served as […]

The Lost World

Easter-time rejection! Who sends a refusal on Easter morning? One of the agents I queried, apparently. This means my Patrons receive another one of my favourite novels, digitised by yours truly: The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle. It might seem strange to include this book in a selection that has been mostly dealing with […]

The Family of the Ghoul

Easter/time rejection! While I have two agents looking at the full manuscript, yet another one answered “thanks but no thanks”, so my Patrons get their festive story featuring spring, bunnies and butterflies. Well, no, not really. Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy (1817-1875) was a prominent Russian intellectual who worked as poet, novelist, playwright, and diplomat. He ventured […]