Royal Russia

Current edition: Hardback John Blake Publishing 2006
(1st published GB 1995 Hardback Smith Gryphon)

Royal Russia brings you 140 photographs from the private albums of the Russian Imperial Family with a 5,000 word historical introduction by Carol Townend. Carol tells the tragic tale in a clear, lucid and authoritative style. All rare or previously unpublished, the photographs, some formal, some delightfully informal, portray the last years of the Imperial Family. Beginning with portraits of a life of great luxury enjoyed in palaces and on grand estates, the story ends with the brutal execution of almost everyone pictured.

The Foreword by HRH Prince Michael of Kent, himself a blood relation of the Romanov family, reads:
'I am pleased to endorse this accurate and well-researched little book. The interesting photographs, some never published before, combine with the text to provide a telling account of this poignant and moving period of Russian history.'

The section headings are as follows: A Doomed Dynasty, Star-crossed Lovers, The Children of Tragedy, Mystics and Bolsheviks, End of the Empire, The Ekaterinburg Massacre.

The Article Archive

A series of 48 critical articles published in Writing Magazine and Writers News between September 1994 and July 1999.

Well-regarded essays on classic novelists and writing-related topics written from the point of view of a published working novelist. Aim? To encourage would-be authors to learn from great former practitioners:

o Characterisation and Parables in Aldous Huxley's Brave New World

o Themes & obsessions in Daphne du Maurier's work

o Virginia Woolf and the stream of consciousness

o Margaret Drabble's first major novel A Summer Bird Cage

o The work of William Golding

o How Mary Renault breathed life into mythical Greece

o A look at John Fowles' use of viewpoint

o The clarity and deceptive simplicity of Ernest Hemingway

o Graham Greene - story is struggle

o Doris Lessing writes to explore themes and to discover

o E M Forster's novels have a dimension beyond plot and storyline

o A look at the technique of Muriel Spark

o D H Lawrence believed in the voice of one's being

o A S Byatt and the art of storytelling

o Was John Wyndham a science fiction writer?

o Katherine Mansfield's short stories - use of dialogue

o Alice Walker writes about taboos

o Mervyn Peake's visual sense is apparent in his novels

o Angela Carter and magic realism

o Iris Murdoch - complex ideas carried by narrative drive

o George Orwell, creator of modern myths

o Verbal, dramatic and universal irony in F Scott Fitzgerald

o How style underpins voice in William Faulkner

o Lawrence Durrell's writing - rooted in a sense of place

o Humour in Nancy Mitford depends on the reversal of expectations

o Conflict between love and duty in Olivia Manning

o Lucidity, simplicity and euphony in Somerset Maugham

o The impact of the First World War on society and literary themes

o Did Virginia Woolf create the plotless novel?

o The views of HE Bates on the modern short story and film

o The legacy of the fairy tale - still with us today

o On the humour of P G Wodehouse

o E Annie Proulx - a contemporary literary great

o Characters as symbols in Oliver Twist and Mary Barton

o The Brontës and the creation of the demon lover

o The interweaving of storyline and characters in Margaret Atwood

o Dark stylism and bitter humour in Martin Amis

o Salman Rushdie's multi-cultural narratives

o Lewis Carrol, not quaint but quirky

o The frustrations of women hemmed in by society

o How love of language drove J R R Tolkien's story-telling

o The banal and the bizarre in the humour of Beryl Bainbridge

o Ironic allusions in Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey

o Mary Shelley's Frankenstein - gothic, horror or science fiction?

o Have John Galsworthy's sagas withstood the test of time?

o How Dostoevsky used dreams to reveal character

o On reality and imagination in Michèle Roberts

o Edgar Allan Poe - master of the macabre

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