I’ve been doing research for this novel for a little while, so I’m going to try to play catch-up with the book reports. How much success I’ll have is anybody’s guess.
As usual, I started with Liza Picard, whom I adore. She continues to be a delightfully readable source of random factoids on the daily life of London. She isn’t a perfectly objective source — despite drawing heavily on Johnson and Boswell for information, she has no compunctions about saying she deplores Johnson’s manners and Boswell’s style — but she pays attention to the details of lived experience, and particularly of women’s experience (interior decorating is as interesting of a topic to her as crime). For a starting point, she can’t be beat.
I really don’t know what I would do without this woman. Her books land precisely in the time-periods I’m writing about, and she’s got one for each novel I’ve written or contracted for. It will be a sad, sad day if I go on to write a Blitz book and have no Picard to start the ball rolling.
Stay tuned for more reports on daily-life-type books, before I move onto more specific topics.