Monthly Archives: October 2014

The familiar made strange – Leeds and its people in 1793.

  Those streets and squares: the Headrow, Kirkgate, Boar Lane, Lands Lane and Park Square; those inns and taverns: the Ship, the Turk’s Head, the King Charles (sorry, that one’s gone); those suburbs of Woodhouse and Kirkstall with their moor … Continue reading

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John Eagle, Attorney-at-Law: who is he and where does he come from?

 It’s a good question: where do characters come from? There was a real John Eagle, a man I stumbled on when researching for my PhD. He was a Bradford attorney, practising at Horton, and he lived from 1723 till 1787. … Continue reading

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On Writing the Truth as You See it.

Writing is a brave thing to do, a very brave thing. It takes courage to say what you mean and to mean what you say. The main thing is to ignore political correctness and be totally honest about how you … Continue reading

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On post-natal depression having given birth to a book …

Well, the birth wasn’t unexpected; it was planned and its gestation period was longer than an elephant’s – far longer. So was it worth it? On the one hand definitely NO, and I’ll tell you why. Too many hours spent … Continue reading

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