I love books and I love jewellery. During my research for my historical novels I often come across wonderful examples of both, which I have listed here in case you too have been captivated by an era and want to explore it further.

If you love something, click on the image to go to a site where you can purchase it.

From my Chinese series

Shard Jewellery: During the Chinese Cultural Revolution many cultural artefacts were destroyed, including large amounts of pottery from the Qing dynasty (the dynasty from my novels). Decades later, broken shards were recovered and turned into shard jewellery – little pendants or earrings made from the remnants. Each is unique. I own several of these and they are like holding a piece of history in your hands.

(Beware, there are some cheaper modern copies being made, this particular seller can offer certificates of authenticity on request).

 

 

 

Favourite research books

The Qianlong Emperor appears in all of my novels set in China. This book offers a lot of insight into him as a person.

The Shining Inheritance is the story of Jesuit painter  Castiglione, a main character in my current work-in-progress, The Garden of Perfect Brightness.

Home of the Fragrant Concubine, Kashgar is a beautiful place and this book contains many images of it as well as its history.

The Forbidden City is a lovely book, describing the history of the palace as well as the lives of the emperors who called it home. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From my forthcoming Moroccan series

Berber Jewellery. ‘Berbers’ is actually a (somewhat pejorative) modern term which covers many original tribal names for the people of North Africa, including Tuareg and Amazigh. I first came across this jewellery on a trip to Morocco and loved it – I have a whole historical novel written around it called A String of Silver Beads, due out in 2018. Much of it is very significant to the wearer, marking key moments in their life such as engagement, marriage and childbirth as well as many items which are worn for spiritual protection.

This particular seller uses part of their sales to support nomads in South Algeria to help them to preserve their way of life.

 

 

Favourite research books

The Berbers written by Dr Brett who was kind enough to offer me advice while I worked on my Moroccan series.

Food is a huge part of my research for a novel and I loved the images in this particular Food of Morocco book.

A Sense of Place is exactly what I try to find when doing research and this book’s photos really do it for Morocco. It will make you want to go there!

Arts and Crafts of Morocco were key to my research and this book shows a lot of the lovely jewellery that is important to one of the novels in this series.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This page contains affiliate links which means that if you purchase an item I may receive a small fee. I only list items here that I loved enough to buy myself (in the case of the jewellery, I want to buy a whole lot more!).

 

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