Nobody Knows Jack

London, December 1890. Jack Martyn, a talented and charismatic thief, is on his uppers and desperate for some easy money. Jack often gets noticed, but not always by the right people and lately he’s caught the eye of both Elias Crabbe and Septimus Brand, two competing gang leaders. Crabbe is respected and feared in equal … Continue reading Nobody Knows Jack

‘Oi, you cheeky nibbler’

One of the most interesting parts of writing historical fiction is getting to grips with the vocabulary of the period - and then dropping these words into conversations with friends and family. For instance, last week I needed a word that a Victorian might use to describe a sycophant. These days we'd probably call them … Continue reading ‘Oi, you cheeky nibbler’