The Trickster Prince

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

Bearbones 200 (2014 edition)

I wasn’t going to write this blog. It might have been the moment when I fell while crossing a river somewhere near Bryn Cau in the early hours of Sunday morning … Continue reading

October 16, 2014 · 3 Comments

Get (in) right back where we started from

Ooo and it’s alright and it’s comin’ ‘long We got to get right back to where we started from Love is good, love can be strong We got to get … Continue reading

October 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

The morning after the book before

The detritus of a manuscript now sent.

September 30, 2014 · 1 Comment

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 · 14 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 · 1 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
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