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    also been published as a paperback To read an extract from the book please go to WRITINGS If you wish to pre order please follow the link below to the Random House website ISBN 978 1 84809 301 0 Publisher Random House Date of publication 5 July 2012 To order please go to www rhbooks co uk To read the latest reviews of The Criminal Conversation of Mrs Norton please go to REVIEWS About the book Synopsis Westminster London 22 June 1836 It is a fine fresh morning that will become hot as the day progresses Crowds are gathering at the Court of Common Pleas On trial is Caroline Sheridan a beautiful and clever young woman who had been manoeuvred into marrying the Honourable George Norton when she was just nineteen Ten years older he is a dull violent and controlling lawyer but Caroline is determined not to be a traditional wife By her early twenties Caroline has become a respected poet and songwriter clever mimic and outrageous flirt Her beauty and wit attract many male admirers including the Prime Minister Lord Melbourne After years of simmering jealousy Norton accuses Caroline and the Prime Minister of a criminal conversation adultery precipitating the scandal of the century In Westminster Hall that day is a young Charles Dickens who would just a few months later fictionalise the even as Bardell v Pickwick in The Pickwick Papers After a trial lasting twelve hours the jury s not guilty verdict is immediate unanimous and sensational Norton is a laughing stock Angry and humiliated he cuts Caroline off as was his right under the law refuses to let her see their three sons seizes her manuscripts and letters her clothes and jewels and leaves her destitute The Criminal Conversation of Mrs Norton is the extraordinary

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    in mind the unveiling ceremony was filmed by award winning documentary film maker Nigel Walk and cameraman Fraser Rice Eight vintage motor bike enthusiasts led by Richard Mummery wearing replica First World Ward uniforms with three of their wives dressed as nurses roared up to the hotel garden on their 1914 Douglas motorbikes Mairi Chisholm s family arranged for a Belgian bag piper to play Will Ye No Come Back Again and Amazing Grace I made a short speech Welcome everyone Today is a special day for Elsie and Mairi and for us too About eighteen months ago I received an email from a Belgian gentleman saying how much he liked my book Elsie and Mairi Go To War A couple of emails later he liked my idea that there should be a statue to the women in Belgium and bravely said he would dedicate himself to help me make this happen That gentleman is Mr Stefaan Vandenbussche below Since then we have worked together to raise the money for this beautiful sculpture of Elsie and Mairi by the wonderful artist Josiane Vanhoutte above left I can honestly say that the many donations that have made this possible have been given with a great deal of affection and respect and awe at what these two women did in Belgium a hundred years ago They risked their lives for four years to help save Belgian soldiers lives they were decorated with medals and had many column inches devoted to them Today they are off the page out and proud in the world Natasja our host asked me what Elsie and Mairi would have thought of being cast in bronze Well I think Elsie would have loved it and seen it as her due Mairi was more modest and reticent about the

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    Atkinson gave talks at three events at the Bath Literary Festival this year The Suffragette and The Jockey on Saturday 9 March at the Guildhall Elsie and Mairi Go to War on Saturday 9 March at the Guildhall and The Criminal Conversation of Mrs Norton on Sunday 10 March at theMasonic Hall Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2010 Diane Atkinson and two well known Scottish actresses Pauline Lockhart and Clare Waugh bring the story of Elsie Knocker and Mairi Gooden Chrisholm the most famous women of the Great War to life Venue 198 Dovecote 10 Infirmary Street Edinburgh Words by the Water Cumbrian Literature Theatre Festival Diane Atkinson speaking about her book Elsie and Mairi Go to War whilst using visual images shown in her presentation Cumbrian Literature Theatre Festival Theatre by the Lake Keswick on Wednesday 10 March 2010 Marlborough Local History Society Diane holding a PowerPoint presentation whilst speaking about her book Elsie and Mairi Go to War Marlborough Local History Society St Peter s Church Marlborough Wiltshire on Thursday 4 February 2010 National Army Museum Diane presentating her book Elsie and Mairi Go to War A book signing after the presentation National Army Museum on Thursday 4 February 2010 Staging the Image Photography Documentation Collaboration and Performance Saturday 12 December 2009 Dovecot 10 Infirmary Street Edinburgh EH1 1LT Imperial War Museum Shop Book Signing Diane Atkinson signing copies of her book Elsie and Mairi Go To War on Saturday 7 November 2009 National Library of Scotland Elsie and Mairi Go to War was chosen as the Book of the Month in October 2009 by the National Library of Scotland Diane Atkinson will be narrating the story of Elsie and Mairi Go to War while actresses Jennifer Black and Pauline Lockhart speak the words of Elsie and Mairi s letters

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    the timing could not have been worse for the prime minister or better for the Tories who were itching to bring down the reforming Whigs Lord Melbourne through his legal team denied the charge and was pleading not guilty Rumours had circulated about Lord Melbourne and Mrs Norton for three or four years and their affair had been the subject of satirical lampoons although the cartoons were tamer than those of a previous generation when Rowlandson and Gillray had been in their heyday Some drawings punned and played with Lord Melbourne s family name Lamb which became Lambkin while Mrs Norton was the Norty One The cuckolded husband was depicted as a wide eyed gormless goat As the trial drew near The Times speculated that Melbourne s political career would soon be over A rhyming couplet entitled For Better For Worse in The Satirist whetted readers appetites but held back on lewd imagery Nay pr ythee dear Norton ne er rave and curse Remember you took me for better or worse I know it said Norton but then Madam look you You proved on trial much worse than I took you read further Extract Elsie and Mairi Go to War Two Extraordinary Women on the Western Front Edited extracts from the first three chapters of the uncorrected proofs Leaving the Palace of Tears What a scramble All the preparing to go off with Dr Hector Munro s Field Ambulance buying clothes rushing through Selfridge s with the help of one of the assistants Mrs Knocker had her work cut out In the evening we packed up our clothes at length we tumbled into bed about 11pm and went to sleep for the last time in Merrie England Up at 6am to finish packing it s a wonderful feeling knowing that one is leaving England and going straight into the most awful horror I look round and try and stamp everything on my memory in case I never see it again and I wonder what my fate will be in the next few months Mairi Chisholm What a rush and muddle everything seems to have been for the past few weeks arranging and getting up this big scheme to send nurses and men not only to help the soldiers but to find them in the outlying cottages and on the ground At last this is the eve of departure and everything is ready It is now 11pm of the 24th of September and I have everything packed and ready labels on and in a desolate lodging room I am now prepared to go to bed my last night in England for how long nobody can tell It seems funny to think that this time tomorrow I shall be in Belgium in the midst of all the terrors of war Elsie Knocker Elsie Knocker and Mairi Gooden Chisholm left for Belgium on the 25th of September 1914 they had gone to London when war was declared on the 4th of August The

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    01 08 2012 We Love This Book 01 08 2012 Mail on Sunday 29 07 2012 Sunday Express 29 07 2012 The Independent on Sunday 29 07 2012 Sunday Times 15 07 2012 Mail on Sunday YOU magazine 15 07 2012 Elsie and Mairi Go to War The Edinburgh Fringe Festival Click on the images for a larger view The Scotsman 17 08 2010 The Scotsman 18 08 2010 Elsie and Mairi Go to War Two Extraordinary Women on the Western Front Paperback edition Date of publication 4 February 2010 Click on the images for a larger view Lancashire Evening Post 02 2010 Mail on Sunday 14 02 2010 Daily Express 29 01 2010 Elsie and Mairi Go to War Two Extraordinary Women on the Western Front Hardback edition Date of publication 9 July 2009 Click on the images for a larger view The Scotsman 07 12 2009 The Vintage Motor Cycle 04 2009 BBC History Magazine 09 2009 Daily Mail 07 08 2009 Mail on Sunday 26 07 2009 Sunday Post 19 07 2009 Daily Express Book Weekend 17 07 2009 Mail on Sunday YOU magazine 05 07 2009 Daily Express 07 07 2009 Bookseller 04 2009 Love Dirt

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    of Pervyse became famous Journalists and photographers told their story royals and VIPs visited them Elsie and Mairi were decorated with seventeen medals for bravery and self sacrifice It was the time of their lives they were at the height of their looks and powers but adjusting to peacetime life after four extraordinary years was more challenging for them than the war itself To read an extract from this book please go to WRITINGS Publisher Macmillan ISBN 0 333 78071 X Distribution Please refer to LINKS Love Dirt The Marriage of Arthur Munby Hannah Cullwick On 26 May 1854 Arthur Munby met Hannah Cullwick the day after her twenty first birthday This encounter marked the beginning of a bizarre and sometimes desparately unhappy relationship yet one which was to endure for more than fifty years In many ways Munby typified the cultured Victorian gentleman a barrister he was also a published poet and a friend to writers and artists such as R D Blackmore and Dante Gabriel Rosetti Yet he had a fascination with working women noting down encounters he had with shop girls and rag pickers with milliners and maids and sometimes with prostitutes He collected stories of their lives and struck up affectionate friendships with them It was in this spirit that he first approached the woman who was to become his wife but Hannah was to be more to him than simply a story in a notebook or a photograph in an album A scullery maid from Shropshire Hannah was literate intelligent though largely unschooled strong graceful and passionate Their relationship quickly developed into a remarkable but clandestine love affair an affair charaterised by their mutual obsession Munby adored to watch Hannah going about her work in her dirt fromscrubbing steps and cleaning chimneys and she reciprocated with a literally slavish devotion Drawing on the diaries and letters that both wrote throughout their long relationship Diane Atkinson paints a picture of the wider shores of Victorian sexuality To read an extract from this book please go to WRITINGS Publisher Penguin ISBN 0 14 026699 2 Distribution Please refer to LINKS Funny Girls Cartooning for Equality A brilliantly witty collection of cartoon s Funny Girls also gives a fascinating insight into the way the popular press has recorded the battle for equality Whether sympathetic or outraged the cartoonist s eye has translated the political argument for equal rights equal pay and help with balancing career and children into the language of laughter Many of the best known names in cartonning are represented here Punch artists such as John Leech are joined by well known newspaper cartoonists such as Osbert Lancaster Giles and Mel Calman The tables are turned on these often reactionary lampoonists by brilliant women cartoonists like Posy Simmons Jacky Flemming Paula Youens and Christine Roche Funny Girls is a serious yet wonderfully comic commentry celebrating 130 years of Fawcett campaigning for gender equality Publisher Museum of London ISBN 0 7509 1017 8 Distribution Please refer to

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    E info dianeatkinson co uk Literary Agent David Godwin DGA 55 Monmouth Street London WC2H 9DG United Kindom T 44 0 20 7240 9992 F 44 0 20 7395 6110 E David DavidGodwinAssociates co uk home books literary events statue

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    UK Distribution www rbooks co uk www amazon co uk www whsmith co uk European Distribution www studieboeken nl www boek net www vanstckholm nl Worldwide Distribution www randomhouse ca www amazon com Love Dirt Distribution www amazon com www amazon co uk www marywardbooks com www us macmillan www alibris com Funny Girls Distribution www amazon co uk www amazon com www alibris co uk Suffragettes in Pictures Distribution

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