Matthew Crawley and Lady Mary Crawley in that famous scene. Image courtesy PBS. In my previous post about Downtown Abbey, I wrote – wrongly – that there had been no explanation of how Matthew Crawley came to be the heir to Lord Grantham. Well, I only had to wait until Season 3 – I had forgotten that Matthew explained it to Martha Levinson (played by … Continue reading Update on Downton Abbey binge .. and the bit I got wrong!
I’ve seen others write about their favourite binge watching during the Covid-19 lockdown – so here’s mine: Downton Abbey. I just love it. Sumptuous setting and costumes; good acting (who can go past Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess – she has the best lines); and a storyline that keeps you engaged (most of the time). And here I must make a confession: the Downton … Continue reading Downton Abbey: Best binge watching during lockdown?
I couldn’t help but think that writers are probably the one group of people most suited to social distancing … but even we get to a point where we need to see another human being and interact with someone, at least with our loved ones. I feel really sorry for people who live alone during this time of social distancing. It must be quite difficult. … Continue reading Social distancing? Writers are used to it.
I wanted to share this little bit of Friday frivolity – these images are from this website selling custom-made frocks – and I thought just how much this range was inspired by the 1950s. I can certainly see my character Catherine Cavendish in the little black number – and Julia in the two full skirted cocktail dresses. (Referencing my Belleville family series.) That’s the … Continue reading 1950s fashion: How Julia and Catherine might have dressed
When I read the first few words of this review back at the end of May, I must admit I was a bit taken aback …. “All I have to say is, “Nooooooo!” Not, “No, don’t read this book,” or, “No, it isn’t any good.” “Nooooooo,” …… AND THEN I COULD BREATHE A SIGH OF RELIEF BECAUSE SHE SAID “……because the book ended.” You can … Continue reading ElizaBeth Adams: her take on Julia’s Story
As I begin to write my 4th Belleville novel, I was reflecting on my pleasure in having my fictional characters inhabit a world that is not entirely fictional. I enjoy grounding my characters in real environments, (where practical, I hasten to add). I originally set out to write a trilogy. With that completed, I still felt there was more to write about the Belleville family … Continue reading In my fiction, some bits are real
Inspired by a real person, US Army surgeon Philippe Duval’s story is a key thread in the Belleville novels Continue reading I’m often asked: Is your book based on a real person? My American neuro surgeon was ….