So there I was, having lunch and minding my own business, when my publicist told me that The Battered Body Beneath the Flagstones and Other Victorian Scandals, has been reviewed in The Times!! What??!! My first reaction was that I must be dreaming, and if she hadn’t included a PDF copy, I would likely still feel this way! But as you can see in the photo, it’s not a dream – the review is literally there in black and white. To be reviewed in The Times is a monumental occasion for any writer, but this is the first time they’ve ever reviewed my work! So for me, it is a GIGANTIC and extraordinary deal!
The review has been given a mammoth four columns and is entitled ‘Rags and Bones: Ghoulish tales of Victorian wrongdoing.’ Now I’ll admit that not every part of the review is positive… The reviewer – Jacqueline Banerjee – did not like the lack of sources at the back of the book, for instance. I am fully aware that some people absolutely love a Sources section (I do, too and most of my books have about 50 pages of sources!), but I chose not to do this with The Battered Body because I see this book more as a piece of ghoulish entertainment, rather than a textbook discussed by historical scholars and university lecturers. However, I do accept that part of the review, and it’s certainly not something that’s going to keep me awake at night.
Quibbles about a lack of sources aside, Ms Banerjee seems to have enjoyed my book and I am beyond grateful and happy about that. More than anything, however, I am completely blown away that I have finally been reviewed in The Times. The office assistant who dreamed of one day becoming a full-time writer still lives on inside me, and today she is extremely happy and maybe just a wee bit over-whelmed.
Thank you to everyone who has bought The Battered Body over the past four months. Your support and friendship means more to me than you’ll ever know.
Until next time,
The Battered Body Beneath the Flagstones is available to buy or order from all good bookshops, Amazon, The Book Depository and of course the publisher’s website.