Fans of Jane Austen’s Emma, rejoice! Welcome to Box Hill! Sadly, I didn’t see anybody behaving badly.
I was surprised to learn how close I live to Box Hill – as in, it actually exists!? But imagine my delight upon ending my hike at the Box Hill & Westhumble train station, when I walked to see this lovely arch with a Blue Plaque (I LOVE Blue Plaques!), only to learn that Fanny Burney built a cottage and lived right here! Her house had a view of Box Hill!
Fanny Burney was a novelist . . . who was read by Jane Austen. Yay! Remember last week’s post from Dr. Johnson’s study? I had seen Dr. Burney’s Memoirs, that was Fanny Burney’s father, and it seems Dr. Johnson and Fanny Burney actually knew each other.
The only way I’m lockdown life is by hiking on weekends. I have to get out of the city, soak up some nature, be out of the house. It’s been tough without a car, so I think this winter I’m going to take driving lessons and get my UK license!
I read a lot and I hope to help authors with the craft of writing. I share good examples of difficult aspects of writing: point of view, narration, world building and more.
Occasionally I give editing tips and share insights from the world of publishing.
England's Queens: The Biography
Keeping Up With the Editors
Happy Birthday, Poe!
Appreciate a Dragon Day
I Was Wrong – Or What I Learned from a Year on the SYP London Committee
Shortlist of the Best Books I Read in 2020
V for Vendetta
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
Elizabeth of York: The First Tudor Queen
The Mandibles: A Family 2029–2047
The Diary of a Bookseller
The Dutch House
The Uncrowned Queen: The Fateful Life of Margaret Beaufort
Becoming a Writer
Things Fall Apart
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