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My #writinginspiration: “A Winter’s Child” by Brenda Jagger. Why – oh why! – is Brenda Jagger no longer widely read? Published in 1984 this post #WW1 novel (and Jagger’s other eight Victorian/Edwardian era books) beats most current #historicalromance hands down in terms of evocative setting, characterisation, story telling and, above all, damn good writing. Three gifts for the reader-writer from A Winter’s Child: Strong female protagonist; sassy, sexy, intelligent – yet in keeping with her time. A pleasingly complex yet focused and ultimately satisfactory story peopled with characters that evolve from circumstance and setting (rather than clumsily transposed modern stereotypes). Elegantly-written yet pleasingly erotic love scenes. (PS Contrary to the impression given by the cover image on this tatty original edition, the winter’s child of the title is actually the male lead – which is a typically interesting twist in itself…) #amwriting #historicalfiction #amreading #bookstagram
H M Hulme
Writer of literary historical fiction set in the First World War. Revising my first book, writing the next, seeking representation. Rather chuffed to be long-listed for Historical Writers Association Dorothy Dunnett Short Story Competition 2019. Mountaineer, gardener, traveller, reader. Africa, modern history, coffee, roses, and unrealistic romance. NHS midwife in a former life.