What is this blog about?

Well, I have spent the past two years writing a novel. Set in Victorian London, the story follows a girl, Viola Johnson, growing up in a mixed race family. Part coming of age story, part tale of revenge, I have discovered a whole world of characters. Viola is an actress and her friends and family are closely linked with the (fictional) Olympia theatre in south London. As part of my research and planning I have created several characters who have colourful histories, although they may only play a minor role in the novel itself.

This is where Tales.. comes in. The idea behind it is to share a few of those stories, serialised in weekly instalments, much like the novels of the time. It’s an experiment for now – it may not work! The stories I will be telling take place a decade before the events in the novel so will not spoil or interfere with that separate project.

I will be continuing to post book reviews and cover London sights and events in addition to the tales.

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