The Stage Under the Cedars by Irene Byers

I managed to get a second hand copy of this rare work (you'll find it in the British Library of course, and other legal deposit libraries) and read it with some interest. It seems to be a vintage "young adult" novel: aimed perhaps at older teenagers and university students. The plot hinges around the interestingly … Continue reading The Stage Under the Cedars by Irene Byers

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How to Be a Victorian by Ruth Goodman

How to Be a Victorian is a fascinating read that takes one into a past era. It also gives the reader great perspective on our own era: I frequently found myself wondering what Victorians would think of sheer abundance of food and products available in the western world today. The author has spent extensive periods … Continue reading How to Be a Victorian by Ruth Goodman

The Adventure of the Floating Flat by Irene Byers

A vintage children's story with great charm. I picked up this novel in a second hand shop, never having heard of the author Irene Byers before. I've since been astonished to discover that she wrote over forty novels, mainly for children, yet barely anything is known of her. Out of curiosity I have ordered several … Continue reading The Adventure of the Floating Flat by Irene Byers

Red Inks: Flash Fiction by Sharon Livingstone

Like a box of jewels: a treasury of short stories in every sense, the flash fiction in Red Ink ranges from longer tales to tiny vignettes. All of them beautifully written with exquisite detail: sometimes fascinating, sometimes funny, sometimes sad. Some of these stories leave you wanting more because the glimpse of a world they … Continue reading Red Inks: Flash Fiction by Sharon Livingstone