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Q&A with Vancouver author Janie Chang about Dragon Springs Road, family history and her writing process

Vancouver author Janie Chang’s latest book Dragon Springs Road came out in January. Set in the early-20th-century Shanghai, two girls – one a Eurasian orphan, the other a daughter of privilege – are bound together in a friendship that will be tested by duty, honour and love. 1,085 more words

Vikings, Vikings Everywhere

When out of nowhere, Vikings!

I’ve been listening to the British History Podcast, and right now they’re talking about the Viking Age and the reign of Alfred the Great in the main podcast as well as their members only series, ‘The Fury of the Northmen’ which covers the Scandinavian cultures that gave rise to the Viking raiders. 588 more words


'Life After Life' by Kate Atkinson ****

Life After Life is one of the most recent novels from one of Britain’s finest contemporary authors, Kate Atkinson. Here, Atkinson has used ‘the most turbulent events of the 20th century’ as her backdrop, and has proffered the question: ‘what if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right?’ Interesting foundations abound, and the story which she has crafted certainly builds upon this creativity. 584 more words

Who were the hippies?

Intrigued by my hippie posts and new novel, some of my younger friends have asked for a nutshell clarification on who the hippies were. They are aware that a kind of cultural revolution was taking place in the late 1960s, but remain a little vague on it. 662 more words

Cultural History

Conspiratorial Conversation Between That Scoundrel Émile Dubois and His Right Hand Man Georges

I would like to apologise for this post appearing late. It was fine on the preview, and now I find that there was nothing there for three days! 832 more words


Look It Up - Researching for Writers

Last summer, I had the privilege of attending a workshop offered by Ursula Renée, who writes historical novels set in the 1930s in New York City. 571 more words


"The Wentworth Legacy" reviewed by Kirkus

I received this review today from Kirkus Reviews:

“This plot-driven, emotionally complex tale effectively details Spencer’s determination to sacrifice his own happiness in favor of his family’s success. 84 more words

Historical Fiction