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As a lawyer, I am constantly reading. When I am not reading legal documents, you will find me curled up with a book. Literature on women in the long eighteenth century especially interests me – from novels on highway-women to heiresses, authors to actresses, voyagers to victims.

In my blog you will find stories about these women, books I am reading and the little things that make me think or laugh. I am a huge fan of Dickens and Boswell. So, alongside my blogs on lesser-known female writers you will find blogs about these two colossuses of English literature.

During lockdown, I have been busy writing a book about the highway-woman Mary Bryant. Her life was filled with adventures, a mysterious inheritance and a kind relationship with biographer James Boswell. Over the last years, I have visited to numerous archives and libraries around the world. I will be using this experience to share tips on research, visiting archives and the importance of questioning history.

My hometown of Edinburgh will feature in my posts. Its two parts, the Old Town and the New Town, combine to create a city full of history, culture and beauty. The Old Town is full of dark close alleys, towering tenements and gabled roofs, while the New Town is known for its spacious elegant roads, squares, circuses and Georgian buildings. Just as Edinburgh has inspired so many writers and authors like JK Rowling, James Boswell and Sir Walter Scott, so it inspires me. Do not be surprised to find posts on Edinburgh too.

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Enjoy the website and my weekly blog posts.

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Book Reviews
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Inspirational Women

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Historical Blogs

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