On the plus side, we have gained Karen Maitland, Laurie Graham, Joan Lennon, Clare Mulley, Kate Lord Brown, Liz Fremantle, Elizabeth Chadwick, Lydia Syson, Carol Drinkwater, Tanya Landman, Ying Lee, Ann Swinfen, Clare Letemendia, Christina Koning and Gillian Polack.
Above is a goodly portion of us, taken in December, at the same venue as three and a half years ago in Michelle Lovric's Thameside apartment. That's Michelle front right but you can't see that she is holding her latest novel, The True and Splendid History of the Harristown Sisters.
On the left are Joan Lennon and Marie-Louise Jensen, on the right Imogen Robertson. Behind Michelle is Elizabeth Chadwick with Lydia Syson and Catherine Johnson on the right as you look and me on the left. Left of me is Celia Rees. Behind that it gets hard to see us properly.
It's darker in December than when we were last photographed and I think there were more of us this time, so we divided up and had some half and half shots too:
I had forgotten to bring my latest book to hold but if I had remembered it would have been this:
And we even managed to get some of our invaluable Reserve History Girls Along:
|L to R: Rosemary Hayes, Sarah Gristwood and Liz Laird|
We were gathered partly to have new photos and partly to celebrate keeping the blog going for three and a half eventful years involving many new books, gains and losses of nearest and dearest, weddings and funerals. (I myself have become a grandmother - twice- since July 2011).
Since the History Girls site was set up at Michelle's we also indulged in a little blue-plaquery:
And the theme continued into our tea-party:
British Bake-off, eat your heart out! I had the honour of cutting Adèle's cake while Leslie wilson cut her own chocolate and chestnut one:
You can read all about the new History Girls on the About Us page, including the Reserves, who also include Maria McCann, Ann Turnbull and Susan Price. Some - Laurie Graham, Ying Lee, Carol Drinkwater, Kate Lord Brown, Clare Letemendia, Gillian Polack - do not live in the UK and were unable to join us. But we felt they were there in spirit.
All the photos shown here were taken by the History Girls present or by honorary-HG-for-the-day Isabel Adomakoh Young, Louisa's stunning daughter. Someone managed to catch Isabel doing her stuff:
As we enter on to another year of history and adventures, we are thrilled to have so many talented writers on board and hope you will continue to enjoy their posts.