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Interview: Royal Treasure Chest

I was giddy when I recently discovered the delightfulness that is the Royal Treasure Chest Vintage Subscription Box. As a person who loves getting mail, I was intrigued by the hand-curated collections of vintage items sent to a person’s door, available in several categories: Olde Books, Curios & Knick-Knacks, Jewelry, Tie Bars & Cufflinks, Paper Ephemera, Ladies Accessories, Gentlemen’s Accessories, and Surprise Me! I reached out to the folks behind the subscription box …

Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society (Film)

Knowing that a film adaptation was to be released within the year, I borrowed the audiobook of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society from my local library in the spring. I devoured it. It quickly became one of my very favorite books due to its themes of friendship, following your heart, and book love. Books lovers are suckers for books about other book lovers, aren’t …

Review: A Victorian Lady’s Guide to Fashion and Beauty

Mimi Matthews makes another appearance at The Lazy Historian for one of her lovely books and, once again, has written a fantastic, well-researched non-fiction book. (Go read my review for The Pug Who Bit Napoleon.) A Victorian Lady’s Guide to Fashion and Beauty is Matthews’ newest publication and, like many books from Pen & Sword, it’s small but mighty. It’s a dense book of Victorian …

Review: The Home for Unwanted Girls

(I won’t get into specifics but if child abuse is triggering for you, I’d avoid this one.) I enjoy historical fiction because it is the only form of time travel available to me. I would never want to actually live in the past, but seeing how other people existed and endured during a different time is fascinating to me. In Joanna Goodman’s new novel, The Home …

The WIVES Audiobook is Here!

I’m happy to announce that the audiobook for The Lazy Historian’s Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII is now available on Audible and iTunes. Audible | iTunes   You can’t spell “Tudor dynasty” without getting “nasty.” So, you’ve watched The Tudors and you’ve read Wolf Hall, but do you know the real story of Catherine, Anne, Jane, Anne, Katheryn and Katherine? (Best name for an all-woman post-medieval law …

Review: The Fair Fight by Anna Freeman

I don’t know if I’ve just been missing out on great books or if I’ve just been really lucky at picking what historical fiction to read, but once again, the novel I’m reviewing was absolutely fantastic. This time, it was The Fair Fight by Anna Freeman. It’s glorious. (That’s just one of its many different covers on the right. I’ve seen at least two others online.) …

Review: The Witch of Lime Street

I recently finished reading David Jaher’s fascinating non-fiction book, The White of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World. I adored it. Spiritualism first arrived in America in the mid-1800s with the Fox sisters, mediums who used the cracking of their ankles to fake their way to ghost communication fame. This was soon after the end of the American Civil War so there …

The Lazy Historian Shop has launched!

As some of you may know, I’m a graphic designer as well as a writer. I’ve been working on designs and graphics for the Lazy Historian Shop for several months now and I’m pleased to announce the official launch of the shop. We’ve got t-shirts, we’ve got tote bags. We’ve got tank tops and hoodies. We’ve got travel mugs, notebooks, coffee mugs, cards, clocks, framed …

The Lazy Historian’s Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII is Here!

My first non-fiction book is now live! The paperback can be purchased on Amazon (and, hopefully within two weeks, at Bookmark in Charlottetown) and the ebook is available in almost all digital book retailers. Links are below. Thanks everyone for the support!   You can’t spell “Tudor dynasty” without getting “nasty.” So, you’ve watched The Tudors and you’ve read Wolf Hall, but do you know the real story …