The Trickster Prince

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

Can you judge a book by its cover?

December 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

You got me Netley

When you write a book about a man given to changing names and telling tales you should expect to be found out at some point. A man like that – … Continue reading

December 2, 2015 · 2 Comments

On not writing (again)

I started writing this blog because I could not write anything else. Struggling with the white noise of not writing I looked for a way out by starting small and … Continue reading

November 9, 2015 · 7 Comments

A tragedy to those that feel: the world according to Josephine O’Dare (1928)

 Josephine O’Dare to Chief Inspector George Yandell (6 August 1928). From National Archives: MEPO 3 / 441: Theresa Agnes Skyrme alias Josephine O’Dare and others: forgery and uttering will of … Continue reading

August 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Proofs positive

I sent a book manuscript out into the world, and it came back defaced and different. Marginal comments in blue, deletes and edits tracked in green, strange symbols and odd … Continue reading

July 28, 2015 · 2 Comments

On the problem of being charming (in 1920s Britain)

Note: this is not a self-help guide or an introduction on how to be charming. Being charming was a big deal in 1920s Britain. Charm denoted a cluster of personal … Continue reading

July 27, 2015 · 10 Comments

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