Category Archives: Romantic Era

Why is Good News Rarely in the Headlines? Lord Byron Contemplates:

We often complain that death and disaster dominates the news. Why is good news rarely in the headlines? I am working on a book about Byron and am fascinated that, 200 years ago, he had the same complaint. Plus ça … Continue reading

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FRANKENSTEIN: Mary Shelley’s Inspiration

Writing on her inspiration for Frankenstein, Mary Shelley wrote, in an introduction to her book… It proved a wet, ungenial summer, and incessant rain often confined us for days to the house. Some volumes of ghost stories, translated from the … Continue reading

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Frankenstein Author Mary Shelley Loved Ghost Stories

In August 1816, a week before they left Geneva where Frankenstein was concieved in a summer of bad weather and ghost stories, the Shelleys and Byron were visited by Matthew Gregory Lewis. He was author of a gothic supernatural novel … Continue reading

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What really inspired Frankenstein?

I recently read a New York Times article which said that Frankenstein resulted from a cold summer of debauchery on Lake Geneva, fuelled by ghost stories, wine and laudanum. Well it was certainly cold, and there were ghost stories galore, … Continue reading

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Readers Thoughts…Feedback from the Wishing Shelf Awards

How pleasing to have such wonderful feedback from the readers and reviewers of ‘Almost Invincible!’ Courtesy of ‘The Wishing Shelf Awards‘ where ‘Almost Invincible’ was awarded GOLD in Adult Non-Fiction 2014. Title: Almost Invincible Author: Suzanne Burdon Star Rating: 5 … Continue reading

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Petition from 150 years ago notes new noun: ‘wife-beating’

COAG in the news for communique on reducing violence against women yesterday … and coincidentally came across this while researching next book…. from a parliamentary petition of 150 years ago. ‘That newspapers constantly detail instances of marital oppression, “wife-beating,” being … Continue reading

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