Bloom is a literary site devoted to highlighting, profiling, reviewing, and interviewing authors whose first major work was published when they were age 40 or older. Bloom is also a community of artists and readers who believe that “late” is a relative term, not an absolute one, and who are interested in bringing to attention a wide variety of artistic paths — challenging any narrow, prevailing ideas about the pacing and timing of creative fruition. If someone is labeled a “late bloomer”, the question Bloom poses is, “Late” according to whom?
Freshly back from the Jersey Shore, debut novelist P.S. Duffy talks about writing her first book at age 10 although she didn’t publish her first novel until she was 65, her inability to ever return to her birth country of China, and how a stranger’s insistence that a group of men in khaki uniforms were waiting for her to tell their Great War story became her illuminating, haunting The Cartographer of No Man’s Land.
To read the full interview and Q&A please click on the link here.
Spend an evening with author Lynda Waterhouse for a discussion of art and literature inspired by Tan Twan Eng’s atmospheric novel The Garden of Evening Mists. The novel tells a story of one woman’s struggle to create a Japanese garden in the beautiful highlands of Malaya.
This book club will include a special exhibition tour of Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden by curator Sally Goodsir and a complimentary glass of wine.
For more details of the event, and to book your ticket, please click on the link here.
Laura is promoting her latest novel, Mistress of the Court, which tells the story of two remarkable women at the centre of George II’s reign.
“Laura Purcell is a wonderful storyteller, and Mistress of the Court a fabulous Georgian read!”
Lucinda Brant, NY Times bestselling author of Georgian romances and mysteries
Her first novel in the series, Queen of Bedlam, was shortlisted for Best Historical Romance 2014 and was Editor’s Pick, in Historical Novels Review.
If you didn’t get chance to see Laura over the weekend then not to worry as she’ll be continuing her tour next weekend.
Here are her remaining tour dates:
Saturday 15th August from 12 till 1 at Colchester Waterstones
Saturday 29th August from 11:30 till 1 at Chelmsford Waterstones
Saturday 3rd October from 11 till 1 at Lowestoft Waterstones
Both The Horse Changer and Mistress of the Court are picked as some of this year’s hottest summer reads. If you like your historical fiction then you can’t go wrong with either of these two enthralling and well-researched novels.
Five acclaimed writers share with Elle readers just exactly what Malaysia means to them. For Twan, it was the small things in life that he remembers with clarity. The kindness of his mother, and the gratefulness of those less fortunate than himself, come across in this short piece of reminiscence.
‘… perhaps, every day all over KL, all over our country, people are doing such similar acts of unsolicited kindnesses, these small things, for complete strangers.’
If you’d like to read the full piece from Elle then please click here.
Laura discusses Henrietta’s deafness and how it was perceived by those in her court, and by those closest to her.
To read Laura’s full blog post please click here: http://laurapurcell.com/. You’ll also find an extra treat towards the end of Laura’s blog as she includes an extra snippet that she wrote to help her explore the life of her character in more depth.
Mistress of the Court will be published on August 4th 2015 and can be pre-ordered here.
Fancy a free copy? We’re giving away 20 copies of this extraordinary book via Goodreads. Please click here: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/144353-mistress-of-the-court to enter the giveaway competition.
Brian discusses how he chose his top 300 from an incredibly large list, how he originally wanted the book to be about American politicians only, and which American politician he believes is the craziest of them all.
To read the full article please click here: http://www.sunjournal.com/news/local/2015/07/02/gov-lepage-takes-center-state-craziest-politicans-book/1734637
The Fat Boy with the Bomb and 299 of the World’s Craziest Politicians can be purchased at: www.amazon.com/Fat-Bomb-Worlds-Craziest-Politicians/dp/1910183091/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1435580572&sr=1-1&keywords=the+fat+boy+with+the+bomb.
We recently asked one of our historical novelists, Laura Purcell, to write a short piece about the naming of our new princess, and how she shares the name with one of the most beloved heirs to the British throne.
Princess Charlotte of Wales was born on the morning of 7 January 1796, following a ‘terrible hard’ labour. Her birth was much anticipated; despite raising a family of fifteen with his faithful consort, another Charlotte, George III had yet to become grandfather to a legitimate child. He was delighted with the arrival of this little girl, who secured the succession as third in line to the throne. ‘If the Prince of Wales is blessed with such a daughter as mine are to me, he will be a very happy man indeed,’ he wrote.
But all was not as it seemed. Princess Charlotte had arrived in the midst of a failing marriage. Her mother, Caroline, was living a life of slow humiliation. Her indifferent looks and coarse manners had estranged her from Charlotte’s father, who now paraded a mistress before her. Not that the Prince of Wales was without his own troubles. He had illegally married a Catholic widow before Caroline, and the birth of his first child caused a crisis of conscience. He spent the night of Charlotte’s birth writing a wild and passionate Will – one suspects under the influence of much alcohol. In this strange document, he made it very clear that he wanted his new daughter to be protected from what he saw as the evil influence of his wife.
To read Laura’s complete blog post please visit her website here.
“Ms Purcell’s knowledge of the intimate life of the Hanoverians is stunning, and in this novel she has brought a remarkable, and unappreciated heroine to gritty, heart-breaking life.” Anita Seymour, author of Royalist Rebel
“Laura Purcell is a wonderful storyteller, and Mistress of the Court a fabulous Georgian read!” Lucinda Brant, NY Times bestselling author of Georgian romances and mysteries
For more information, or to order your copy, please click here.