The Highwayman’s Quarry

Page from Quarry for Middlemarch
A page from George Eliot’s Quarry for Middlemarch

George Eliot called her research journals for her novels “quarries,” so I thought I’d do the same for the background material for my highwayman novel, Daring and DecorumI’m enough of a geek to enjoy the pun in the title “The Highwayman’s Quarry” (yes, my highwayman does have a quarry, in the romantic sense, an innocent young lady named Elizabeth Collington).

George Eliot kept her research in notebooks. I use notebooks too, but my research also consists of links collected in Evernote and images collected on Pinterest.

Here are the posts so far in my quarry series, which makes a sort of behind-the-scenes look at the novel:

I’ve also posted an excerpt from the scene in which Elizabeth and Rebecca are watching “As You Like It” at the Theatre Royal in Bath.


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