“The Figure in the Carpet” – Henry James Henry James (1843 - 1916) wrote his novella, "The Figure in the Carpet", in 1896. An American, who spent his early and later years in England, James wrote the well known novels "Washington Square" (1880), "Portrait of a Lady" (1881), and "The Turn of the Screw" (1898). "The Figure in the Carpet" was a… Continue reading “The Figure in the Carpet” – Henry James

The Lost Girl – D H Lawrence

This novel was awarded the James Tait Memorial Prize in the fiction category in 1920 and was begun after "Women in Love". I found the best section of this book was a journey to Italy - it was one of the most descriptive pieces of writing I have read for a long time. I very… Continue reading The Lost Girl – D H Lawrence

Digging up the Detail – 19th Century burial fees

My current work in progress, The Shackletons of Whitehaven, has a scene where a mother and daughter - Dolly and Becky - discuss the cost of burial in Whitehaven. The customary fee for a four foot grave was a shilling (1/-) because the gravediggers only had to go down four feet. After that it was… Continue reading Digging up the Detail – 19th Century burial fees