Monthly Archives: January 2019

Louisa M Alcott and the transvestites

Louisa M Alcott aged 25 or thereabouts (wikipedia commons) We’ve been watching the recent miniseries of Little Women on the ABC, as always showing years later than everywhere else. Being male, I, of course, had never read Little Women, and … Continue reading

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Newspaper non fiction in colonial South Africa

I’ve written before about Kath Bode’s work resurrecting lost fiction from colonial period Australian newspapers. At the time, I did say that in one sense it wasn’t a surprise, newspaper fiction had been a major event in the mid to … Continue reading

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Queen Victoria’s first love ?

I recently bought a book. Not an unknown event, but unusually I bought it for the title alone – The Queen, Her Lover and the Most Notorious Spy in History. The book can be summarised like this: After the end … Continue reading

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Mortality in late Victorian Scotland

Totally unscientific I know, but my little Christmas recreation of investigating my family history has brought home to me just how many people died of what would now be preventable diseases, and in Dundee at least how many these were … Continue reading

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