106 | A Chat With Sonia Velton
Listen to Episode 106: A Chat With Sonia Velton
This week on Tea & Tattle, I’m joined by the author Sonia Velton, to discuss Sonia’s debut novel, Blackberry & Wild Rose. Set in Spitalfields in the 18th Century, Blackberry & Wild Rose is told from the perspective of two very different female protagonists, whose lives intersect and who come to know each other’s secrets. Sara Kemp is rescued from a brothel by Esther Thorel, the wife of a Spitalfields silk weaver. Sara becomes Esther’s maid, and both women’s lives become more and more involved in the beautiful silks being woven and the men who create them.
I so enjoyed reading Blackberry & Wild Rose, and I found it fascinating to learn more about the history of the Huguenot silk weavers who settled in Spitalfields. Sonia’s book brought this area of London alive for me, and partly inspired my new newsletter, London by the Book, in which I explore an area of London through a work of fiction each month. Later this week, I’ll be sending out the first newsletter, which is on Blackberry & Wild Rose and the parts of Spitalfields the book describes. Do subscribe if you’d like to receive it.
Blackberry and Wild Rose by Sonia Velton.
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