The Trickster Prince

Matt Houlbrook: mobile historian; beard growing, head shaving; occasional cycling.

Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin…

  Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin… Where do you begin though? Newspapers, magazines, and websites often put together lists of the best opening lines from novels. It is … Continue reading

September 8, 2014 · 11 Comments

I started something I couldn’t finish

  If the first cut is the deepest, then the last word feels like the hardest. Ten years after I started trying to write this book, and after a year … Continue reading

September 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Legitimate speculations or improper fantasies: where do you draw the line?

  This sketch by L. Penn Bird was one of the illustrations that accompanied Netley Lucas’s short story “Vanity’s Consequence,” published in the popular Sovereign magazine in October 1925. It … Continue reading

August 22, 2014 · 4 Comments

Madame Murder of Monte Carlo

  Just when I start to think that the research is done, Netley manages to come up with yet another surprise. This is from “Mr Netley Lucas,” Yorkshire Post, 3 … Continue reading

August 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

The first cut is the deepest

  I knew there would be a point when my love of sixties girl groups and history would meet. It always feels wrong to delete words or sentences or paragraphs … Continue reading

July 31, 2014 · 2 Comments

Vanishing point: hiding out / writing out

@   This is the first post I’ve written in a couple of months. I started blogging to get myself back into the rhythms and routines of writing; I turned … Continue reading

May 20, 2014 · 4 Comments

Occasional cycling

Four days / two great friends / 229 miles / two Olympians & World Champions (Marianne Vos and Bradley Wiggins) / one Madison Genesis race team / countless German triathletes: … Continue reading

March 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

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