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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. 

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why_lydia
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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