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Are novels less joyful and more scary? A scientific study seems to think so

Why do people read novels?  Surely one of the main reasons – and I know it is for me – is to be swept up in the characters’ emotions. Now a study by three British universities (Bristol, Durham and Sheffield) has thrown up an incredible fact: books are exactly 14% less emotional in content today…… Continue reading Are novels less joyful and more scary? A scientific study seems to think so

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Historical and Regency romances – does it matter if they’re “history-lite”?

There’s been a lot of debate recently about anachronisms in Downton Abbey, and I’ve enjoyed reading it.  One or two were just glaring errors that made me laugh (double yellow lines and a TV aerial were a couple of them), and others I thought were just nit-picking.  ‘Get knotted’, for example.  I didn’t even know…… Continue reading Historical and Regency romances – does it matter if they’re “history-lite”?

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The great language divide: Britain, the US and English (but not as we know it)

Today I’m going to start with a language quiz.  (I love quizzes and as a writer I LOVE to talk about language.) If you were out walking, and a complete stranger offered to give you a fanny pack, would you: a)      Think him a little odd, and say ‘No thanks, I already have one’? b)     …… Continue reading The great language divide: Britain, the US and English (but not as we know it)