La Dolce Vita and Blonde

This Monday I was lucky enough to go to a lecture on La Dolce Vita by Professor Richard Dyer. I say lucky advisedly. It was pure chance that I went. I never enjoyed this 1960 movie very much and, apart from its iconic status, remember little about it. But one of my best friends invited me. […]

Cakes, Crooks and Fallen Women. Controlling Characters?

So. It is Almost Out (just like one of Heyer’s hopeful young ladies of the Regency). The Highborn Housekeeper. My book about a noblewoman turned cook. A kind of Regency Nigella. And funnily enough, my heroine resembles her, too. In my head. Controlling Fallen Women? A few years ago I wrote about the fallen women […]

Fictional Blondes

A recent lecture on La Dolce Vita started me thinking about the variety of fictional blondes I have come across in my life. For there is something special about The Blonde. She grabs our attention the moment she appears. Indeed, in twentieth century western culture she became almost an icon. Yet at the same time she has […]