During my hiatus from blogging, The Battered Body Beneath the Flagstones and Other Victorian Scandals celebrated its first birthday! I can’t actually believe that it’s been a whole year since it first flew out into the world, but what a year it has been!!
This book has been such a little star for me, in so many ways. Because of Victorian Scandals I had my first audio book, my first Large Print book and my first Times Review!! And let’s not forget all the fantastic press that the book made, such as articles in The Express, The Big Issue and so many more. I owe all of this success to my team at Robinson/Little, Brown, especially my editor Duncan and my fantastic publicist, Beth.
In the Introduction to the book, I expressed my wish that descendants of the families in the book, might see their ancestors and be able to add to their family stories. Well I’m pleased to say that this is another dream that has come true for me! A few months ago I heard from a gentleman who was related to Sarah MacFarlane, the victim in The Dreadful, Late-night Murder at Battersea Bridge chapter. While it’s obviously a deeply tragic and horrific story, I’m glad that I was able to provide a little more information for the family’s archives.
Then a month ago I received a lovely email from a lady who is the great-granddaughter of the family featured in The Kentish Town Tragedy. In fact, her grandfather was the baby who was thankfully saved from the awful massacre. I was able to supply my new friend with newspaper articles that I’d found during my research and she has since been to see the house where her family once lived. I am hoping to bring you another blog about this story soon, so stay tuned!
If you recognise your family in the book, please do drop me a line, either here or on my social media (@MMWriterGirl). I’d love to hear from you! Also, I still think the book would make an excellent television series, so if there are any producers out there, feel free to give my agent a call! 🙂
The Battered Body Beneath the Flagstones is available to buy or order from all good bookshops, and from the publisher’s website. Thank you to everyone who has bought the book during the past year. Your support means more to me than you’ll ever know.
Until next time,