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Alison's Blog

As a writer of history and historical fiction, I delve into a lot of dusty library shelves and obscure corners of the internet. I find things that don't fit the books I'm writing. But they're worth sharing. And this is their place.  

When I was a child, my Mum had a big box full cloth leftovers from her sewing projects. It was a textile treasure chest. Velvet triangles, lengths of lace, Liberty prints and chunky tweeds, from the 1940s to the 1970s. They were all tossed in together, and we were allowed to plunder it for our own purposes. Here's my virtual scrapbox, of words and pictures - unassorted snippets of my reading, writing and research.

Monday, 06 March 2017 02:05

If Dickens were food

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If Dickens were food Modern Cookery, 1846

Here's my first one: if Charles Dickens' books were food, they would be Christmas pudding. Not because there's a famous pudding-eating scene in A Christmas Carol. But because his writing is substantial, rich, well-preserved, quintessentially English and all-round Victorian. And with a good measure of nutty character.

 

Dickens liked to indulge in food scenes, often as a way of exploring character and theme. For a taste of his luscious language, I'll quote Nicholas Nickleby: "The dinner was as remarkable for the splendour and completeness of its appointments as the mansion itself, and the company were remarkable for doing it ample justice."

Or there's this deliciously dark brew from Bleak House: "Mr Tulkinghorn, sitting in the twilight by the open window, enjoys his win. As if it whispered to him of its fifty years of silence and seclusion, it shuts him up the closer. More impenetrable than ever, he sits, and drinks, and mellows as it were in secrecy, pondering at that twilight hour on all the mysteries he knows".

I have eaten a full serving of both these solid books. But I have http://www.charlesdickensinfo.com/quotes to thank for reminding me of these quotes. 

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