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Farewell, ‘Petticoat Pioneers’; Hello ‘Trailblazing Women’!

It is good to be making progress with my next book in the pipeline – I submitted the manuscript to Pen & Sword a couple of months ago and the editing process has been completed. Now it is down to  the printer to come up with the first proof…..

Meanwhile I have been asked to change the title – originally ‘Petticoat Pioneers’ – because it wasn’t clear from the title what the book was about (dress making?). So instead it is now going to be called ‘Trailblazing Women of the Georgian Era’ – with the strap-line ‘The eighteenth century struggle for Female Success in a Man’s World’. It will take a bit of getting used to, having lived with ‘Petticoat Pioneers’ for the past year I have got rather accustomed to it! But hey, at the end of the day it is all about ‘what sells?’ and if the publishers think they can sell ‘Trailblazing Women’, that is fine by me!

The cover design has just come through – and I cannot wait to see the final version in print – hopefully towards the end of this year. Meanwhile, it is back to the grindstone, as I have only so far managed three chapters of my next book – about the Georgian Greats whose achievements were overshadowed by more famous contemporaries. So let’s get rid of James Watt and think of William Murdoch, his partner. Let us hear no more of Josiah Wedgwood and instead  concentrate on another Josiah – Mr Spode. And forget Charles Darwin – what about grandfather Erasmus?  And Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s father? And Thomas Boulsover, who gave us Sheffield Plate, and Christopher Pinchbeck who gave us costume jewellery. And a host of other people who changed the face of Georgian Britain but whose achievements have gone largely unnoticed because the spotlight of fame happened to catch on the person standing next to them in the queue.

My problem is that old age is creeping up on me, and I keep procrastinating in favour of writing fun things, like children’s books about pirates. I won’t even bother to get them published – but they are so much more enjoyable than having to do “real” writing! So, I suspect that ‘Georgian Greats’ may be my final book. Well, until something else comes along to fire my imagination….

Finally, my thanks to Lil’s Vintage World for a lovely YouTube critique of five books on the Georgian era, all published by Pen & Sword, and which features “In Bed with the Georgians – Sex, Scandal & Satire”. It is really nice to feel that the book is appreciated – it makes it all worthwhile. Thanks Lil. Do have a look at her film on YouTube – it says it all !


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