So, with just a week to go until publication of The Day Parliament Burned Down, the story behind the story… When I began work at the Parliamentary Archives in 1999, I often found myself having to tell readers in our public searchroom that nearly all of the historic Commons’ records were lost in the fire of […]
Stop me not! But onward let me jog! For I am Chance, the London firemen’s dog!
A few years ago I went to an auction and bid for a cardboard box of miscellaneous bits and bobs. Hidden among the items was a small box (not the reason for the bid) containing some children’s playing cards, dated about 1820. They are designed to teach Regency children their ‘Times Tables’ and to add up […]
Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far, away I used to be a medieval historian. I still describe myself as that (“I’m a medievalist really”) when I can’t quite get my head round having written a book about a late Georgian subject. But my interest in 14th century history and 19th century Parliaments […]
The current terrible weather in the UK makes me long for the Med. Some of the best sunshine I’ve had in recent years was in December (yes, December) 2010 when I went on trip to Malta. Being reminded of this, and the fabulous flight over Sicily close to a snow-capped Mount Etna to get there, […]
As a friend who is a special collections librarian commented, “First edition, first issue in first state dust-jacket”.