A While in the Woods

Reading. Writing. Wandering.



Not A Book Review – The Devil in the Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson

The Devil in the Marshalsea is Antonia Hodgson’s first novel and the winner of the 2014 CWA Historical Dagger Award. A thriller set in Georgian London, it tells the story of loveable rogue Thomas Hawkins, would-be pastor turned ladies’ man and... Continue Reading →



When I visited the UK and Germany on a writing retreat/ research trip in late 2014, I managed to squeeze in one precious day in London. Most of it was spent gawping like a fish at the poppy- flooded Tower,... Continue Reading →

Seeing Red at The Tower of London

The Tower of London, with its incredible history and its sombre, forbidding presence, is always impressive- but seeing it surrounded by a sea of blood red blooms (888,246 ceramic poppies representing British and Colonial lives lost during World War I)... Continue Reading →

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