‘Wot’ll yer go fer – pickles or jam?’ This is the Hobson’s choice presented by one young factory girl to another in the 19th century Bermondsey novel, ‘Polly of Parker’s Rents’. For to choose office work or school teaching rather than factory work was unthinkable for the majority of Bermondsey girls at that time. Instead they would join the huge pool of unskilled, poorly paid female labour which kept ‘London’s Larder’ stocked.
The launch of David Essex’s book has been incredible so far with appearances on BBC Breakfast, Mel & Sue ITV, Vintage TV and upcoming on Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff. David has talked about his poems on BBC GNS, BBC Radio 2 Chris Evans Show, Becky Want Show Manchester and coming up on Stephen Nolan Show. His first signing in Manchester brought many excited fans. Check out our events page for future book signings and stay tuned for more David Essex appearances.
One of the joys of writing – and reading – historical fiction is the sense of tracing the thread of a single life through the broader fabric of the past, and discovering the ways that individual people are affected by historical events. To describe the experiences of one man or woman, especially in a dramatic and volatile period, and follow them over the course of a novel or a continuing series of novels, is to sense the motion of the past and the ways that the great events and towering personalities of history influence and impact human lives.
The new poetry collection by David Essex is out today, and here David talks about fame, family and fortune and how they came together in his writing. To listen to David read some of his new poems go to our YouTube channel.
Fay Weldon answered your questions on a live webchat with the Guardian, and talked about her life in writing, her faith and feminism, family and her latest work, Mischief, a collection of her short stories spanning her whole writing career.
It was a fabulous day out on tour yesterday with David Essex.
Alex Larman takes us through the Earl of Rochester's life, poetry, politics and all the sauciness in between.
After The Storm is set in Roatan, an island in the Caribbean Sea. that is beautiful but has a kind of frontier feeling where the normal rules do not apply. The Roatan in my novel is sun-soaked and stunning on the surface but with something dark underneath.
'Hugely enjoyable. The author winds up tension into an explosion of fast-paced events.' Conn Iggulden