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Julia Prinsep Stephen (née Jackson; formerly Mrs Duckworth) (7 February 1846- May 5th, 1895)

   Julia Prinsep Stephen (née Jackson; formerly Mrs Duckworth) by Julia Margaret Cameron albumen print, 1867, NPG 'Pity has no creed. We are bound to these sufferers by the tie of sisterhood and while life lasts we will help, soothe, and, if we can, love them.' Women are not all blind followers of men. They have power to think as well, and they will not weaken their power of helping and loving by fearlessly owning their ignorance when they should be convinced of it. Women should not reject religion merely because they desire to please men. Man and woman have equal rights but with different areas of influence. Women do not stand on the same ground as men with regard to work, though we are far from allowing that our work is lower or less important than theirs, but we ought and do claim the same equality of morals.'  Agnostic Women, Julia Duckworth Stephen: Stories for Children, Essays for Adults, pg. 243 and Virginia Woolf: A Writer's Life by Gordon Lyndall, pg.

Upcoming Read: Poor Splendid Wings: The Rossettis and Their Circle by Frances Winwar

I was not seeking it out but it found me. I have always had a passion for Pre-Raphaelite art and the artists of the Brotherhood.  When I came across this fascinating award-winning book, I almost fell off my chair!  I quickly searched online and found  an affordable copy that will hopefully arrive soon. I can't wait to read it, see how accurate or inaccurate it is and share it with all of you! If anyone has read it, please contact me at and tell me your thoughts, or just leave a comment below and I will share it here.  Poor Splendid Wings: The Rossettis and Their Circle by Frances Winwar won a $5,000 prize by the Atlantic Monthly and LItttle Brown and Company 'for the most interesting unpublished work (not fiction)'.   It is a biographical narrative including The Rossetti's influence on fellow artists such as, Millais, Ruskin, Swinburne, Holman-Hunt, and William Morris.   Hardcover: 413 pages Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (1933

The Gordian Knot by Kevin Marsh Author Interview!

Congratulations to author, Kevin Marsh on the publication of The Gordian Knot. It is the second book in his series. The first was The Belgae Torc which I really enjoyed.  The Gordian Knot is out now available for purchase on Amazon. I will post links to both Amazon sites and his website at the end of the interview. I have to say I have read his first two books, The Belgae Torc and The Witness and loved his writing style, his passion for history and research. His writing is excellent.   I hope you all enjoy our author interview about his latest novel, The Gordian Knot out now in paperback! Twelve months has passed since the traumatic events that almost claimed her life and Dr Orlagh Gairne is looking forward to a well-earned holiday. With her partner, Jerry, they jet off for the Aegean coast where they plan to make the most of the Mediterranean sun and visit the ancient sites of Anatolia. The Phoenix Legion, still reeling from a humiliating defeat, have re-grouped and are now pla

Thomas Hardy: The World of His Novels by J. B. Bullen

Thomas Hardy’s Wessex is one of the great literary evocations of place, populated with colourful and dramatic characters. As lovers of his novels and poetry know, this ‘partly real, partly dream-country’ was firmly rooted in the Dorset into which he had been born. J. B. Bullen explores the relationship between reality and the dream, identifying the places and the settings for Hardy’s writing, and showing how and why he shaped them to serve the needs of his characters and plots. The locations may be natural or man-made, but they are rarely fantastic or imaginary. A few have been destroyed and some moved from their original site, but all of them actually existed, and we can still trace most of them on the ground today. Thomas Hardy, The World of His Novels London. Frances Lincoln. 2013. 256 pages ISBN 978 0 7112 3275 4   Ever since I was assigned Tess of the d'Urbervilles to read when I was in high school over twenty

Virginia Woolf's Garden: The Story of the Garden at Monk's House by Caroline Zoob

Monk’s House in Sussex is the former home of Leonard and Virginia Woolf. It was bought by them in 1919 as a country retreat, somewhere they came to read, write and work in the garden. From the overgrown land behind the house they created a brilliant patchwork of garden rooms, linked by brick paths, secluded behind flint walls and yew hedges. The story of this magical garden is the subject of this book and the author has selected quotations from the writings of the Woolfs which reveal how important a role the garden played in their lives, as a source of both pleasure and inspiration. Virginia wrote most of her major novels at Monk’s House, at first in a converted tool shed, and later in her purpose-built wooden writing lodge tucked into a corner of the orchard.  Caroline Zoob lived with her husband, Jonathan, at Monk’s House for over a decade as tenants of the National Trust, and has an intimate knowledge of the garden they tended and planted. The photographer, Carolin