It is not always easy to write a historical novel, but luckily these days research can be done with a press of a few buttons, however you can only hope that the information you read is correct.
I have endeavoured to make my book as historically accurate as possible, although there have been occasions where I have used artistic licence – the story is set around 1860 and Bristol Temple Meads Railway station wasn’t quite up and running then, the nearest railway station was in Keynsham, but it is such a lovely building I really wanted to include it in my story.
Here are some of the links and books used.
As you can see the Queens Hotel is still up and running:
And to share with you some beautiful scenery in Cumbria:
Life in Victorian Bristol – Helen Reid
Victorian Women – Joan Perkin
Western Medicine an Illustrated History
Men in Arms – series of books
Victorian Fashion - Jayne Shrimpton
Life in Victorian England – W. J Reader
The Illustrated History of the 19th Century
The British Empire – P. J Marshall
The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Costume and Fashion – Jack Cassin Scott
London's East End History tour - Michael Foley www.amberley-books.com
London's East End, A Guide for family and local Historians - Jonathan Oates - http://www.pen-and-word.co.uk
Victorian London, Life of a City 1840 - 1870 Liza Picard - http://www.orionbooks.co.uk
The Blackest Streets - Sarah Wise
Dirty Old London, the Victorians Fight against Filth - Lee Jackson - http://www.yalebooks.co.uk