News Digest




  • Phyllis Richardson ‘s new book – The House of Fiction – will be especially interesting to readers of this newsletter. In it, she explores the real-life houses that provided the setting for some of the best loved books and films, including Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead (Brideshead Revisited), Jane Austen’s Pemberley (Pride & Prejudice), and Virginia Woolf’s summer house (To the Lighthouse).

Do you want to support an author? Check out the innovative new publishing house,Unbound, to learn how you can choose to support authors, and decide which books are published.


  • Showcasing a rare collection of exceptionally fine needlework by working-class women in the last quarter of the 19th century A Remedy or Rents offers a rare opportunity; to see needlework by non-elite Victorian women.


  • “See what’s happening at Airfield this Spring!Free access to Airfield Monday mornings and Wednesday afternoons in 2016. Join Airfield for guided walks around this lovely landscape.”


There is nothing like love to inspire the written word, and the first European greetings cards were Valentines sent in Germany in the mid 13th century. Perhaps the medieval period was less romantic as cards seem to have fallen from favour, only becoming truly popular with the advent of the penny post in 1840.

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