Next Book: Matt Houlbrook’s Prince of Tricksters

The next book for the #storypast online discussion will be Matt Houlbrook's Prince of Tricksters, described by the Times Higher Education as 'an intriguing account not only of a con man, but of the social milieu that enabled him to thrive'. Houlbrook's book combines meticulous research with imaginative and creative techniques, shifting from narrative prose into more unusual … Continue reading Next Book: Matt Houlbrook’s Prince of Tricksters

Jennifer Sinor’s The Extraordinary Work of Ordinary Writing

When my Great Aunt Norah's diaries fell into my lap, I knew in an instant that I was peering into a new world. It wasn't just her world, the C20th seen through Norah's eyes, recorded every evening for 72 years in her neatly rounded hand. It felt almost otherworldly. To feel my way through, some … Continue reading Jennifer Sinor’s The Extraordinary Work of Ordinary Writing

Absence in Women’s Lifewriting

In this guest post, Jennifer Sinor of Utah State University writes about how and why she came to write The Extraordinary Work of Ordinary Writing, her book about her great, great, great Aunt Annie Ray and the diary she kept. We will be reading Sinor's fascinating book and discussing it on the #storypast hashtag on Twitter on … Continue reading Absence in Women’s Lifewriting

Next Book: Jennifer Sinor ‘The Extraordinary Work of Ordinary Writing’

The next book for the #storypast online discussion will be Jennifer Sinor's The Extraordinary Work of Ordinary Writing. We will be discussing this on Thursday 2nd February 1-2pm. Blurb from University of Iowa Press: “Jennifer Sinor articulates complex and intriguing arguments about the 'making of ordinary writing' in a style that is both imminently accessible and yet … Continue reading Next Book: Jennifer Sinor ‘The Extraordinary Work of Ordinary Writing’

Adam Thorpe’s Ulverton

The next book for the online discussion group #storypast is Adam Thorpe's Ulverton (1992), an extraordinary novel about an English village, told over three hundred years by twelve of its inhabitants. We'll be discussing the novel on twitter via our hashtag #storypast on Thursday 3 November, 1-2pm GMT but you can use the hashtag before … Continue reading Adam Thorpe’s Ulverton

History Writing and Family History: Alison Light’s ‘Common People’

Alice Violett kicks off our discussion of Alison Light’s Common People: The History of an English Family. Alice is in the 3rd year of her PhD at Essex University on ‘Public Perceptions and Personal Experiences of Only Children, c. 1850-1950’ and aims to ‘bust the old stereotypes about 'selfish, smug' only children’. She blogs weekly … Continue reading History Writing and Family History: Alison Light’s ‘Common People’

Alison Light’s Common People: The History of an English Family

Our next discussion at Storying the Past is on Alison Light’s Common People: The History of an English Family (Penguin, 2014). This time our conversation will be beamed live from the Social History Society conference at Lancaster University. We will be live-tweeting the discussion which you can join via our hashtag #storypast as well as … Continue reading Alison Light’s Common People: The History of an English Family

Julia Blackburn’s Threads. The Delicate Life of John Craske

The next book for the Storying the Past online reading group is Julia Blackburn’s Threads. The Delicate Life of John Craske (London: Jonathan Cape, 2015). We invite you to join in the discussion on Twitter on Thursday 21 January between 17:30-18:30 (GMT) or in the comments here. The blog below is by Helen Rogers. Contact … Continue reading Julia Blackburn’s Threads. The Delicate Life of John Craske

Third Book: Julia Blackburn’s Threads

For our third book, we will be reading Julia Blackburn's Threads: the Delicate Life of John Craske, which tells the story of Blackburn's research into the strange character of this fisherman-turned-artist. As with our previous readings, this is a really different, and slightly experimental work, so we hope you enjoy reading it! Lots of us will aim … Continue reading Third Book: Julia Blackburn’s Threads