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January 1st, 2015

About Me

Since reading Ann Radcliffe's Mysteries of Udolpho many years ago I have been addicted to the Gothic and other fiction of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. I am not, and never have been a student of English literature, I don't even have an A level, but of course I'm sure that shows though immediately.

So I come to these works, not as a scholar with a background in literary theory and criticism, but as a wide eyed reader, approaching them in the same way that our great great grandmothers would have done 200 years ago and looking for the same excitement, escapism and adventure.

I blog about the books I read, the ideas that come to me as a result of my reading and then I mix in elements of my other interests in music, film and history along the way.

i make no apologies for any naivety in my thoughts, most posts are written on the spur of the moment in time, trying to reflect my enjoyment of the novels I read,  squeezed in between the pressures of keeping home and of work. So take me as you find me, I  welcome you to leave comments whether to correct me,  to instruct me or just to share in my world. 


Gothic Heroine
The rain rattles on the casement, the wind ruffles the fading tapestry, but armed only with a flickering candle she still stalks the passageways of Udolpho

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