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The Lure of the Timeslip Novel

AXTravellerXinXtimeI’ve been a fan of timeslip novels all my reading life. There are the old favourites from when I was growing up:

A Traveller in Time by Alison Uttley, Astercote by Penelope Lively, and later Green Darkness and The House on the Strand. When I discovered Ferney by James Long I was blown away.

These days I feed my timeslip addiction with Pamela Hartshorne’s books, Christina Courtenay and of course the incomparable Susanna Kearsley.

I wonder what it is about the time slip novel that so intrigues me. Beneath the pleasure of reading about history there is something more – perhaps the idea that I, too, would love to step through a portal into another world and see with my own eyes what life was really like in the past. There is a magic about it.

Today on her blog, Midi Berry interviews me about House of Shadows and it seems a goodNights opportunity to mention her lovely time slip book Nights of the Road which draws on the history of Frances Coke, another fascinating 17th century character whom I came across when researching Ashdown House and its history.

So that is my recommendation – Do you have any time slip suggestions for me?


  1. Thanks for the recommendation, Nicola! Hve you ever tried ‘Ghosts Of The Trianon: The Complete “An Adventure”‘ by C.A.E. Soberly and Eleanor F. Jourdan? These two Englishwomen, both eminent academics, were long decried and ridiculed for their personal tales of time travel while in Paris in 1901. In spite of such refuting and scoffing, the story stands the ‘test of time; and was republished as recently as 2008 on Amazon under the original authors’ names. Those of us who have experienced time travel have no difficulty in believing them! Wishing you and all your readers Happy Holidays and hoping 2016 may prove a splendidly time-shaking year for many a tradition that has now passed its natural ‘use-by date’!

  2. Have you tried reading the outlander series by Diana gabaldcon the first is titled cross stitch they are addictive

  3. I love Time Slip books. I didn’t know what they were called until I heard an Author mention that’s what the stories I loved were called. 🙂 These are some of the Authors I started reading who write Time Slip books.A Happy New Year to everyone.
    Sarah Jio
    Hazel Gaynor and Susan Meissner.
    Carol L

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