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Join me each second and fourth Monday of the month, when I'll be in conversation with an author about one (occasionally more) of their books. We'll be taking a fairly deep dive, looking at the background, the topics, writing, and the nitty gritty. Expect spoilers and frequent discussions of the endings.

The Worm Hole Podcast Charlie Place

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Join me each second and fourth Monday of the month, when I'll be in conversation with an author about one (occasionally more) of their books. We'll be taking a fairly deep dive, looking at the background, the topics, writing, and the nitty gritty. Expect spoilers and frequent discussions of the endings.

    101: Jacquie Bloese (The Golden Hour/The Secret Photographs)

    101: Jacquie Bloese (The Golden Hour/The Secret Photographs)

    Charlie and Jacquie Bloese (The Golden Hour/The Secret Photographs) discuss early erotic photography, Victorian erotic stage performances, and the beginnings of bicycle use for women which had a huge impact on female agency.
    Please note there are mentions of suicide and abuse in this episode
    A transcript is available on my site
    General references: The photograph of Marie Berin
    Marion Sambourne's diary
    I can recommend the keyword phrase 'early bicycle wear women' for lots of pictures of the outfits Jacquie describes
    Wikipedia's article on the history of women cycling (bicycling and feminism)
    Books mentioned by name or extensively: Jacquie Bloese: The Golden Hour
    Buy the books: UK || USA
    Release details: recorded 3rd April 2024; published 8th July 2024
    Where to find Jacquie online: Website || Twitter || Facebook || Instagram
    Where to find Charlie online: Website || Twitter || Instagram || TikTok
    Discussions
    01:26 The whys of this book and the inspiration, particularly in the context of the photography
    03:56 More about the model written about by Linley Sambourne, who committed suicide, and how Jacquie was influenced by it
    05:47 Why Jacquie chose Brighton, and why she chose the Victorian period in that context also
    09:00 About the female photographer, Marie Bertin, that Jacquie mentioned
    09:58 About Holywell Street in London
    11:30 The women points of view of The Golden Hour - Ellen, Clem, and Lily
    16:23 Harriet (Harry) Smart and the music halls/theatres
    20:28 More about The Vigilant Association
    24:08 How Jacquie plotted her book and kept all the secrets straight in her mind
    28:34 How Ottile had a bigger role in previous drafts
    31:46 The importance of the questions of sexuality
    34:53 Ellen and Reynold's mother, her story and the significance of her story
    38:05 Women! Cycling! And the importance of cycling for women at the time
    42:09 About Jacquie's inclusion of cats and the way they influenced the book
    44:35 What Jacquie's writing now, her book that includes silent films
    Disclosure: If you buy books linked to my site, I may earn a commission from Bookshop.org, whose fees support independent bookshops

    • 46 min
    Milestone 02: Alex Hay, Stacey Thomas, Lucy Barker

    Milestone 02: Alex Hay, Stacey Thomas, Lucy Barker

    Celebrating 100 episodes of this podcast, Charlie is joined by Alex Hay, Stacey Thomas, and Lucy Barker for a general bookish chat with a concentration on the writing. The trio toured together as debuts and we get to witness just how well they work together.
    A transcript is available on my site
    General references:
    Downton Abbey
    Ocean's Eleven
    Mary & George (Julianne Moore)
    Zsolt's Instagram post on The Revels
    Euphoria
    Fear The Walking Dead
    Pride And Prejudice
    Persuasion
    Books mentioned by name or extensively:
    Alex Hay: The Housekeepers
    Isabella Beeton: Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management
    Stacey Thomas: The Revels
    Lucy Barker: The Other Side Of Mrs Wood
    Buy the books: UK || USA
    Release details: Recorded 18th January 2024; published 1st July 2024
    Where to find Alex online: Website || Twitter || Instagram
    Where to find Stacey online: Twitter || Instagram || TikTok
    Where to find Lucy online: Website || Twitter || Instagram
    Where to find Charlie online: Website || Twitter || Instagram || TikTok
    Discussions
    02:44 How the trio's debut novelist tour came about
    05:42 Anecdotes about the tour
    08:37 Will you do another tour?
    09:40 Last discussion on the tour
    10:39 What is historical fiction, what does it do, what's it for?
    20:51 Was there anything particular that you liked in research but couldn't include in your book?
    31:25 What is the best reader or fan encounter you've had?
    34:25 If your book was to be adapted who would you want cast in it?
    37:46 Tell us more about what you're writing at the moment
    Disclosure: If you buy books linked to my site, I may earn a commission from Bookshop.org, whose fees support independent bookshops

    • 41 min
    100: Liz Fenwick (The Secret Shore)

    100: Liz Fenwick (The Secret Shore)

    Charlie and Liz Fenwick (The Secret Shore) discuss the women cartographers who were fundamental in the Allies winning the Second World War and the way women at university at the time had to choose between their career and having a family. We also discuss Liz's love of Cornwall, her use of Dorothy Sayer's Gaudy Night, and we go back a few times to the people who were involved in the secret flotillas that preceded the Normandy landings.
    A transcript is available on my site
    General references:
    My previous interview with Liz is episode 35
    Liz's TikTok plot walk on Frenchman's Creek
    The Woman's Hour episode including women's intuition
    Books mentioned by name or extensively:
    Daphne Du Maurier: Frenchman's Creek
    Dorothy Sayers: Gaudy Night
    Ernie Pyle: The Best Of Ernie Pyle's World War II Dispatches
    Liz Fenwick: A Cornish Stranger
    Liz Fenwick: The Returning Tide
    Liz Fenwick: The Path To The Sea
    Liz Fenwick: The River Between Us
    Liz Fenwick: The Secret Shore
    Liz Fenwick: A Portrait Of You
    Buy the books: UK || USA
    Release details: recorded 25th March 2024; published 24th June 2024
    Where to find Liz online: Website || Twitter || Facebook || Instagram || TikTok
    Where to find Charlie online: Website || Twitter || Instagram || TikTok
    Discussions
    01:45 You'd wanted to write about the secret flotillas for a long time?
    02:58 Women's work in cartography in the Second World War
    05:48 Furthering this discussion we go to Liz's character, Merry, or Dr Tremayne, and begin a discussion on what Liz left out of this book
    09:42 More about Merry's work in the context of how a woman had to choose between a career and having a family, particularly in the context of Oxford University
    16:06 Merry's mother, Elise, including her story in The Secret Shore
    19:46 The romance in the book, including the love story
    23:00 Liz's love and use in her novels of Frenchman's Creek, Cornwall
    25:06 Ridifarne!
    27:01 Is heart or head more important?
    28:16 Liz's use of Dorothy Sayers' Gaudy Night and the character of Peter Wimsey
    31:19 The real people in the book and how Liz made it all happen
    33:38 All about Maurice Cohen and the mouse
    35:22 The sacred wells in Cornwall
    38:14 All about Liz's plot walks, which she releases to TikTok
    41:03 Does it feel strange when you're not writing about Cornwall?
    44:10 Liz's next book, A Portrait Of You
    Disclosure: If you buy books linked to my site, I may earn a commission from Bookshop.org, whose fees support independent bookshops

    • 47 min
    Milestone 01: Elizabeth Fremantle, Amanda Geard, Gill Paul, Maggie Brookes

    Milestone 01: Elizabeth Fremantle, Amanda Geard, Gill Paul, Maggie Brookes

    Celebrating 100 episodes of this podcast, Charlie is joined by Gill Paul, Elizabeth Fremantle, Amanda Geard, and Maggie Brookes for a general bookish chat. We get all philosophical about genre, discuss film adaptations (Elizabeth’s Firebrand is out), whose books we wish we could have written, and best fan encounters.
    A transcript is available on my site
    General references:
    Firebrand - the UK release date it 14th June
    A Royal Affair
    House Of The Dragon
    Netflix's The Queen's Gambit
    Amanda's interview with me on The Moon Gate is episode 84
    Elizabeth's appearance on BBC Front Row
    The Irish Times' article on Amanda's house (includes a photo of the room we discuss)
    Father Ted
    The Historical Novel Society 2024 Conference
    Books mentioned by name or extensively:
    Amanda Geard: The Midnight House
    Amanda Geard: The Moon Gate
    Diana Gabaldon: Voyager
    Dodie Smith: I Capture The Castle
    Elizabeth Fremantle: Queen's Gambit
    Elizabeth Fremantle: Disobedient
    Elizabeth Fremantle: The Sinners (working title)
    Gill Paul: The Secret Wife
    Gill Paul: Another Woman's Husband
    Gill Paul: The Manhattan Girls
    Gill Paul: A Beautiful Rival
    Gill Paul: Scandalous Women
    Jenny Ashcroft: Echoes Of Love
    Kerry Fisher: The Secret Child
    Maggie Brookes: The Prisoner's Wife
    Maggie Brookes: Acts Of Love And War
    Maggie O'Farrell: I Am, I Am, I Am
    Paula McLain: The Paris Wife
    Walter Tevis: The Queen's Gambit
    Buy the books: UK || USA
    Release details: Recorded 26th September 2023; published 26th February 2024
    Where to find Elizabeth online: Website || Twitter || Facebook || Instagram
    Where to find Amanda online: Website || Twitter || Facebook || Instagram
    Where to find Gill online: Website || Twitter || Facebook || Instagram || TikTok
    Where to find Maggie online: Website || Twitter || Facebook || Instagram
    Where to find Charlie online: Website || Twitter || Instagram || TikTok
    Discussions
    02:36 What is historical fiction - what does it do, what it is for?
    06:09 If you wrote in another genre, what would it be?
    08:29 If your book was to be made into a film or TV show, who would you want cast in it?
    13:03 Can you describe your latest book without talking about the plot at all?
    15:47 If you could have written someone else's book, whose would you choose?
    18:38 What's the weirdest thing anyone's said about one of your books?
    22:43 What's the best reader or fan encounter you've had?
    26:11 Have you ever been mistaken for another author?
    28:55 What is the best interview you've had excluding this podcast?
    32:53 What is the best writing advice you've ever been given?
    37:27 Can you remember any particularly interesting fact that you discovered in research that you couldn't include in your book?
    42:48 What bookish event are you looking forward to in the next couple of years?
    45:52 What is everyone's next book? (Except Gill - she mentioned hers earlier.)
    Photo credit: Gill Paul, JP Masclet, Amanda Geard, Lyn Gregory
    Disclosure: If you buy books linked to my site, I may earn a commission from Bookshop.org, whose fees support independent bookshops

    • 48 min
    99: Chịkọdịlị Emelụmadụ (Dazzling)

    99: Chịkọdịlị Emelụmadụ (Dazzling)

    Charlie and Chịkọdịlị Emelụmadụ (Dazzling) discuss Igbo mythology, the differences between polygamy and monogamy in Igbo culture, and the social impacts of colonialism and military coups in Nigeria. Chịkọdịlị also talks about having her characters bother her when she's trying to shower, finding literature in rubbish heaps, and needing a literary residency - please let her know if you've one to spare!
    Please note there are mentions of rape and general violence in this episode.
    Where to find Chịkọdịlị online
    Twitter || Instagram
    Where to find Charlie online
    Website || Twitter || Instagram
    Discussions
    01:43 The starting point of Dazzling
    04:54 The original narratives and the hows and whys of Chịkọdịlị's choices in terms of points of view and tenses
    07:41 Why Chịkọdịlị doesn't have a favourite character and how she knows her characters
    09:23 Is Chịkọdịlị writing a sequel? Shhh...
    14:13 Chịkọdịlị tells us about how she worked on world building, which includes information about her childhood in Nigeria and how it compared to her initial years in the UK. She also discusses colonial and Christian impacts on Igbo culture
    22:03 Why it was important to include the lack of family - Chịkọdịlị talks about polygamy in her culture and the differences between that and a one-mother family
    29:08 The spirits and Igbo mythology in the book
    34:32 Chịkọdịlị's use of the leopard society, which is a factual society, and who they were in reality
    39:47 The 'lost girls' in the book - the whys and hows and the connections to reality. And the 'use' of menstruation
    44:15 The inclusion of politics and its importance - looking at the civil wars and coups
    47:04 Bringing the Harmattan into what Chịkọdịlị's been saying
    49:25 What Chịkọdịlị is writing now
    Photo credit: The Visual Team.

    • 54 min
    98: Sarah Marsh (A Sign Of Her Own)

    98: Sarah Marsh (A Sign Of Her Own)

    Charlie and Sarah Marsh (A Sign Of Her Own) discuss the lesser-known aspect of Alexander Bell's work - teaching deaf children to speak - in terms of both the real history and the fictionalised character she created in order to explore the events. This includes snippets about the manufactured rivalry between the two inventors of the telephone; Bell's wife, Mabel Hubbard (who was deaf); the Deaf community in London in the late 1800s; and the way Sarah employs language - written, signed, spoken - to excellent effect.
    A transcript of this episode is available on the podcast website.
    Reuben Conrad's 1979 book is called Deaf School Child
    Wikipedia's page on Bell and Elisha Grey's rivalry
    Where to find Sarah online
    Twitter || Instagram
    Where to find Charlie online
    Website || Twitter || Instagram
    Discussions
    01:55 The inspiration for A Sign Of Her Own
    03:27 Alexander Bell's work with deaf children, 'Visible Speech', and the reality of it all
    07:08 The Deaf community in London at the time
    08:13 The locations - America and London
    09:21 The characters, particularly Sarah's fictional heroine, Ellen, and where bird names as surnames come into it
    11:49 Talking about Mabel Hubbard, Alexander Bell's wife, who was deaf
    13:24 The rivalry between Alexander Bell and Elisha Grey
    15:30 The way Sarah uses different languages in her book
    18:57 The romance in the book, between Ellen and Frank
    20:48 Where Sarah sees Ellen going in her life beyond the book
    22:34 Brief notes on what Sarah's writing now

    • 24 min

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