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Theresa Tomlinson

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Crawley - Sussex, The United Kingdom



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Though I was born in the South of England - my parents moved back to the North when I was one year old, and I have lived in Yorkshire ever since. I spent a few years as an infant teacher, but when my children were young I started making picture books for them and became hooked on writing. I love drawing and painting, but my main love is writing, often using the legends and history around me as inspiration.

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I didn't plan to be bringing two books out together, but that is the way that things have worked out! QUEEN OF A DISTANT HIVE is a sequel to A SWARMING OF BEES. Many kind readers asked for a second book and I tackled the story cheerfully, but then seemed to get rather bogged down and stuck halfway through. I realised that I had used up all the very best historical information about Hild's monas... Read more of this blog post »
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I enjoyed the book and found it easy to read. I liked the main character and felt sympathy for her, though at times a little impatient with her difficulties. I would have liked to know more about her years as a foster child and found the ending a bit ...more
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I loved this book and chose it for my book group to read - almost everyone liked it. The story is told through the differing voices of a small group of people who live close to a large London cemetery and moves through years of the Edwardian period. ...more
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I am full of admiration for the vivid and detailed recreation of a time and place. A wonderful historical story that brings the past to life in a way that dry historical facts can never manage to do. Real, flawed characters and a spine tingling sense ...more
The Flither Pickers by Theresa Tomlinson
"As a child I can honestly say I loved this book with a burning passion. When I reread it a couple of years ago I was not disappointed. I really enjoyed the way this book brought to life the hardship, sacrifices and joy of life in an early Victoria..." Read more of this review »
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It is such a pleasure to discover more historical fiction inspired by the 6/7th century Anglo-Saxon history. This is the third part in Edoardo Albert's The Northumbrian Thrones series. The previous books told the stories of King Edwin of Northumbria ...more
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I loved this just as much as I loved the first two books in the trilogy. Livi Michael's writing style is so easy to read, that it made me want to go back and read all three books again, one after the other. This feels like real history with all the g ...more
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The inspiration for this novel comes from Beowulf, the first great epic poem in the Old English language. I admit to having something of a bias, as this time period is of special interest to me, and I have fel
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“Why do we not stay here forever?" Myrina had once asked her grandmother, when she'd been very young.
Hati had laughed. "I wish we could, my honey-child. This place is perfect, but it wouldn't stay perfect for long if we lived here. The waters would run dry, the grazing would be used up and the ground poisoned with our mess; we'd destroy what gives us so much pleasure.”
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“Aben sighed. "Trojans, like Achaeans, keep their women safe at home, though I for one can't understand such foolishness; those who women ride and fight have twice as many warriors.”
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“Myrina remembered what her father had told her about the way the Trokans protected their women. What were they afraid of? Might their women ride away and never come back if they learned horse skills?”
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“He's a gentle soul,' he told her. 'I can't see him put down, he wouldn't hurt a fly.' Indeed Boris wouldn't hurt a fly because in general flies were too fast for him.”
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