KILLER WOMEN NEEDS YOU

KILLER WOMEN NEEDS YOU

A visit to the hairdressers on January 4th proves I’m nothing if not a cliché. ‘What are we doing?’ Phil the hairdresser asks me. ‘Something new,’ I tell him. ‘I’m bored of looking like this.’ Phil strokes his beard and studies me for signs of post Christmas delirium,...
WRITING THE PAST By Alison Joseph

WRITING THE PAST By Alison Joseph

The distinction between past and present is a rather blurry thing. My Sister Agnes novels are set firmly in the present.  She is a contemporary, detective nun, working in a hostel for the homeless in South London. But when I started writing the series in the...
The Hell of Historical Research

The Hell of Historical Research

Call it the Hilary Mantel effect or the CJ Sansom effect, but so much fiction is set in the past these days. But how do you find a balance between re-creating the past and telling the story? Are you recreating a world or inventing a world? And should you do it at all?...
RIVER OF SOULS

RIVER OF SOULS

The idea came, like many good things, from a trip to the pub. My sister and I had taken a slow autumn walk by the Thames. We ambled east through Southwark and Wapping, arriving at the Prospect of Whitby for a late lunch. A sign above the bar explained that the...