Catherine Cookson: A Review of the Biography of her Life.

Catherine Cookson by Kathleen Jones My rating: 5 of 5 stars In 1994, I wrote a letter to Catherine Cookson, explaining that my Mam was a huge fan, and that I wanted to get her something special for her 40th birthday. I asked if it were possible for her to autograph a book for her.Continue reading “Catherine Cookson: A Review of the Biography of her Life.”

Mrs Dalrymple: A Story of Bigamy and Betrayal

I think it is time to share another story of divorce, one that brought a wry smile to my face. This time, it is the story of a lady who was not prepared to sit in silence as her husband tried to turn his back on her and take everything from her. She had spirit,Continue reading “Mrs Dalrymple: A Story of Bigamy and Betrayal”

Saying Goodbye to the Nunnery

For the past two years, I have been living in a former convent. Built during the late nineteenth century (always a winner for me), the building was converted into a number of residential homes a few years ago. The house that I bought is in the former Cloisters. I love the very sound of thatContinue reading “Saying Goodbye to the Nunnery”

Dickens Fanfic – Chapter 2

Still thinking about the elusive Mrs Blackpool from Dickens’s Hard Times, and as I had such fun thinking about what had happened to her to make her the woman so despised in the novel, I have continued on. No doubt it needs some work, but in the meantime, here is Chapter 2 of Mrs Blackpool…Continue reading “Dickens Fanfic – Chapter 2”

How I Came to The Story of Divorce

If I was going to pinpoint the reason for why I was inspired to write The Story of Divorce, I guess, to some extent, I am going to have to blame Dickens. But before we get to the inimitable novelist and the reason why he was responsible for my obsession with the stories underlying theContinue reading “How I Came to The Story of Divorce”

Book Review: The Bone Jar by SW Kane

The Bone Jar by S.W. Kane My rating: 3 of 5 stars Now, the mystery/thriller genre is normally not my thing, but if you were going by the blurb, I should have loved this book. I mean it had an abandoned asylum, and a former patient, so there was going to be some historic context.Continue reading “Book Review: The Bone Jar by SW Kane”

A Bit of Dickens Fanfic

If you have been reading along with #HardTimes2020 at you will note that I am getting a bit over-invested in Dickens’s portrayal of Stephen Blackpool, his martyr. And having a bit of time to spare I thought I might try seeing him from another point of view: his wife’s. Here is my Dickens fanfic,Continue reading “A Bit of Dickens Fanfic”

Ann Dawson, A Story of (No) Divorce

While researching the life and political writing of Caroline Norton for my MA I spent some time trawling through the archives of digital newspapers of the time, going over references to her, and to the issue of divorce law reform in general. During one of my (many) visits to the British Library while I wasContinue reading “Ann Dawson, A Story of (No) Divorce”

Review of Outrages by Naomi Wolf

Outrages: Sex, Censorship & the Criminalisation of Love and Wolf’s Consideration of Divorce Law in the Nineteenth Century Deborah Siddoway MA LLB (Hons) Naomi Wolf’s book Outrages: Sex, Censorship & the Criminalisation of Love[1], in its discussion of the Divorce and Matrimonial Causes Act 1857 (“the Divorce Act”), if nothing else demonstrates the dangers ofContinue reading “Review of Outrages by Naomi Wolf”