In these times, living in Britain through Napoleon’s wars
This is one of the many reference books that I selected in a bid to gain as much factual detail about the Georgian period as I could. The novel I’m working on has sections in the 1820s, and I think it’s important to fix the time period as properly as possible, if you set something in the past.
Uglow’s book was a mine of information, giving me a good deal, in regards to the military, and the aftereffects which were felt by all those connected with army personnel. It is definitely one of the least dry of the research materials that I used, and provided the majority of the background for the father of one of my main characters.
I'm a thirty something woman who lives in the north of England. I have been a writer for as long as I can remember, creating stories both written and verbal since childhood. While studying at Edge Hill College, I got several poems published by a small publisher in the USA, and in Europe. I have been part of several writing groups, and done quite a few courses in a attempt to hone my writing skills further. I love reading different genres of fiction, knowing that the best way to develop my own writing, and my vocabulary is by exposing myself to the different ways that other people choose to describe things.
The most recent writing course that I've been part of, run by a published author, included a exercise in which we were challenged to read things that we would never usually even look at.
It inspired me to take up a challenge. Namely to attempt to read at least one book by every author which is stocked in my local library. I soon realised that I was being far too ambitious, especially given the fact that every library rotates their stock too often for me to keep track.
I've decided to instead attempt to read a book every day, starting with a author whose surname begins with A, and ending with a author whose surname begins with Z. It doesn't matter what the topic of the book is, or if it's fiction or non fiction, everything is useful for me at the minute.
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