Author Archives: Hannah

About Hannah

Author of literary historical fiction set in the First World War. Revising my first book, writing the next, seeking representation. Mountaineer, gardener, traveller, off-road runner. Africa, modern history, coffee, roses, films, book and unrealistic romance. NHS midwife in a former life.

The Lie (reading-as-a-writer 13)

View this post on Instagram The Lie by Helen Dunmore (2014) is up there on my list of Top 20 #WW1 books (and that is not a place easily gained). Accolades abound elsewhere so I won’t reiterate; suffice to say … Continue reading

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#100 days of writing 4

View this post on Instagram #100daysofwriting Days 46-54. I must confess, I found the Amnesty centenary hopelessly distracting and wrote nothing for three of these days (either side of the #WeepingPoppies @imperialwarmuseums) but I did a lot of thinking. Back … Continue reading

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Virginia Woolf (reading-as-a-writer 12)

View this post on Instagram This is one of my Desert Island Books! Every time I read Mrs Dalloway (Virginia Woolf, 1925) I gain some new nugget of understanding, spark of inspiration, fresh writerly knowledge. This most recent reading was … Continue reading

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Regeneration (reading-as-a-writer 11)

View this post on Instagram My interest – indeed, my passion – for the #GreatWar started with Jeremy Paxton’s Great Britain’s Great War (2014), after which Testament of Youth made me cry and Memoirs of an Infantry Officer and Sherston’s … Continue reading

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#100 days of writing 3

View this post on Instagram #100daysofwriting Days 19-27 Out-and-about a lot; days in London (British Library and IWM researching) and a weekend in the Lake District braving Storm Callum with early morning writing in the corner of the Youth Hostel … Continue reading

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#100 days of writing 2

View this post on Instagram Top left to bottom right: Days 10-18 of #100daysofwriting Several away-days in this block: The British Library, IWM North (Sherriff’s MS of Journey’s End), and a weekend in Derbyshire. #amwriting #writingcommunity💯✍🏻 The four lines on … Continue reading

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Beauty and the Beast

View this post on Instagram Another unexpected literary inspiration – and evocative image – for my story; the traditional tale of Beauty and the Beast. Written by French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, first published in 1740 (as La Belle … Continue reading

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Shellshock in 1920

View this post on Instagram Finally, a #WW1 medical card completed in an English hospital. This is what the doctor wrote about the 27 year old Royal Artillery Driver: “Broke down under the strain of war. Became emotional and lacking … Continue reading

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Frontline​ care in the Great War

View this post on Instagram Field Medical Cards (Army form 3118) from #WW1 #Great War used by doctors in Regimental Aid Posts (Field Ambulance) close to the front line. If the soldier required further treatment his card would go with … Continue reading

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Devotion to duty

View this post on Instagram It wasn’t all dancing for Canadian #nurses serving in France in #WW1. Along with their British and US counterparts these women suffered serious injury and death whilst caring for the wounded of all nationalities. The … Continue reading

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