Lucy has the best job in England. She is curator for the Historic Royal Palaces, which means she has access to some of the coolest artifacts in the UK. She began her career by studying histo…
REVIEW: THE ART OF THE ENGLISH MURDER by Lucy Worsley
Lucy has the best job in England. She is curator for the Historic Royal Palaces, which means she has access to some of the coolest artifacts in the UK. She began her career by studying history, then becoming an inspector of historic homes for English Heritage.
In addition to her impressive academic resume, she is also a television host for a number of noted historical programmes, including A…
ACCENT: JUST MY TYPO by Drummond Moir
There is something endearing and disarming about typos. The idea that even the professionals can make a mistake helps us all relax about our own weaknesses. And it’s usually good for a laugh. Drummond Moir has assembled a book of real misprints and careless keystrokes. Some are blatantly obvious but others are more subtle and take a second to sink in. Here are just a few:
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A revisionist fairy tale from Gregory Maguire and a collection of spooky ghost stories, edited and translated by Muireann Maguire.
ACCENT: A Little Russian Collection
Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire
Gregory Maguire, best known for his Wicked books, is back with another revisionist fairy tale. This time, he weaves together classic Russian elements — Baba Yaga, Faberge eggs, endless train tracks, snow laden countryside — in this middle grade novel.
Elena is a young girl who lives in a dying country town. There is no money, no food and even less hope. Her mother…
"They´re both very cool, they´re very sophisticated, they´re very low key about it, they have a lot of wit, a lot of charm. But he is the master of the double entendre. He is the master of clever line delivery, that seems to be tossed casually over his shoulder. No one can handle him on screen - except Myrna Loy and puncture his balloon."
Jeanine Basinger, film historian
If you’re in search of a charming and elegant Southern wedding, consider the lush and luxurious setting of Middleton Place.
Peering Anew at My Own World - INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL SIMS
I had the great honor to interview writer and editor Michael Sims about his newest book, The Phantom Coach and pick his brain about growing up in rural Tennessee, the (super)natural and what the ghost stories of our time will be like.
Did that disconnection from what some might call “civilization” imbue you with an affinity for the supernatural?
Actually, I think it did the opposite. In real…
Silly Halloween Writing Challenge
Like to do silly things? Like to play Mad Libs? I’m hosting a writing game for Halloween. More info here.
SUMMER OF CHRISTIE: After the Funeral
Alright, we are wrapping up the Summer of Christie and Sophie Hannah’s new Poirot mystery The Monogram Murders is just around the corner. I’d like to thank Book Club Girl for hosting our discussions and to Kaitlin at William Morrow for sending us books and asking great questions.
1.) From the beginning, there is tension among the surviving Abernethie family. Despite being bound together by name…