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October 2016

Melbourne Trip

Outside the Hotel Windsor, Melbourne



The beautiful foyer of the Hotel Windsor, Melbourne (note the Harpist in the background)

Even though I went down to Melbourne to help my son Liam move there, I could not help but take in the sights!

Alice’s Secret, the second book in A Celtic Trilogy, was set in and around Melbourne, a lovely hidden jewel of a city, with enough bars and restaurants to swing a cat at!

We visited the Museum, the Royal Exhibition building (built during the Marvellous Melbourne era of the 1880s) and toodled along The Great Ocean Road.

My characters, Henry and Bella Jameson, lived in Melbourne in the 1880s and ran a construction company,  making a heap of money on constructing the iconic buildings that we see today. The pictures are of the Hotel Windsor, another  setting in the book.

Alice’s Secret A Celtic Trilogy is available on Amazon.

Elen is the first book, set in Van Dieman’s Land (now Tasmania) during the convict era.

Guest Author: Suzanne Bowditch — Blackwood’s Magazine

I am so honored to have a guest spot on Blackwood’s Magazine. Thank you to C.M. Blackwood ! 🙂

Good evening, readers and writers. Welcome to the second installment of Blackwood’s Magazine’s Indie Author Spotlight for October! Today’s special guest is Suzanne Bowditch. Let’s have a chat with her! Everyone has a story about why they love to write. What’s yours? I have loved to write since a teenager. I entered […]

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Why historians should write fiction

Great post 🙂

Novel approaches


 Ian Mortimer

“Your book reads like a novel,” is a comment that popular historians often hear. When said by a general reader, it is a compliment: an acknowledgement of the fluency of the writing and a compelling story. If a historian uses those same words, however, it is an insult. It means ‘you cannot be trusted on your facts’. Hence the title of this piece is bound to infuriate every reader of this journal, for it implies that historians should tell lies. After all, that is what novelists do, isn’t it? Make it all up if they don’t know the facts?

I ought to explain at the outset that I am a novelist (James Forrester) as well as a historian (Ian Mortimer), and I write history for the mass market as well as scholarly articles. As a novelist, I tell lies. Whoppers. All historical novelists do. In my…

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Tuesday Quote: 2

For my second quote, I’ve come up with another innovator, a man whose impact on the world and on science is second to none.

“As a child, I often wrote deliberate nonsense to surprise others”

-Charles Darwin

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Charles Darwin 1809-1882


Charles Darwin (1809 – 1882) is simply described as a naturalist, geologist, and evolutionist who developed a theory of evolution to explain biological change. A remarkable man, he was:

  • best known for his contribution to the science of evolution
  • who established that all species of life descended overtime from common ancestors
  • His writings included the iconic book ‘On the Origin of Species’ (1859), which explains the diversity of life, also known as biodiversity, plus the variability of life on Earth, which he called Natural Selection.

Natural Selection was the key mechanism of evolution, which explains the change of heritable traits of a population over time.

Most of what he observed and wrote was from his experiences on the HMS Beagle, a 10 gun brig-sloop of the British Royal Navy. On her second voyage, HMS Beagle took a young naturalist, known as Charles Darwin, on her round the world voyage, in which he determined his scientific theories on evolution. She is therefore regarded as one of the most famous ships in history.

Darwin himself wrote several other books, including The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex and The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals

He is regarded as one of the most influential figures in human history, and is buried in Westminster Abbey, London, England. 🙂

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