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PG Wodehouse Never Posted His Letters-Maybe

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P G Wodehouse, the inventor of Bertie Wooster and Jeeves books, was reputed never to have posted his own letters. He would stamp and address the envelope before throwing them from his window, reasoning that the people of Britain were honest and public-spirited enough to pick them up and pop them in a post box.

“Someone always picks it up,” PG wrote. “And it saves me going down four flights of stairs every time I want to mail a letter.”


I was fascinated to hear that this theory was recently tested in Cheltenham, which is where I live - in that eighteen letters were stamped and addressed to the Gloucestershire Echo staff, at both their homes and the newspaper's office. The letters were placed where they could conceivably been forgotten by the authors, i.e. on window ledges and bins, in bus stops and on benches, cafĂ© and pub tables.

15 of the 18 letters were delivered, although details of where they were left are here, but is probably of scant interest to those who don't know the to…

King's Mistress, Queen's Servant by Tracy Borman

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Publisher's Blurb
Henrietta Howard, later Countess of Suffolk, was the long-term mistress and confidante of King George II. Described by Swift as a consummate courtier who packed away her 'private virtues...like cloaths in a chest', by Pope as 'so very reasonable, so unmov'd', and by the world at large as 'the Swiss' (due to her apparent neutrality), she remains as fascinating and perplexing today as she was for her contemporaries.

Orphaned at the age of twelve after her mother died and her father was killed in a duel, and dragged into poverty by her brutal husband, Henrietta used her own ingenuity and determination to secure a role at the very heart of the royal court. Although renowned for her passivity and mildness, her relations with the Queen became increasingly acrimonious, and she made an enemy of Prime Minister Robert Walpole before eventually resigning her position amidst intense political scandal.


This is not a new book, but definitely worth a me…

Blog Tour Day

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Today is blog tour day, which is a great way to get to know the work of other authors, the emphasis being how we manage our creative process. If you look at the title of my blog, you'll get some idea as to mine, but I'm becoming more structured as I try out new genres - historical ones that is.

Thus far some of the bloggers write ancient history, so I hope they don't mind the fact my stories don't go further back than England in 1642.

Here is a link to a previous example from the Writing Process Blog Tour from Erin Albert, a writer I don't know but then that's the point of a tour so we can get to know one another:

Then there is Adam Haviaras' Blog, and finally the writer who invited me, Jen Black who writes about Eleventh century Vikings and Nineteenth Century Smugglers as well as Scottish Tudor Courtiers.

What am I working on?

A cozy murder mystery set on board a steamship between New York and London in the year 1900

How does my work differ from others of it…

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