Getting shot of your changeling

I was going to tell you the best methods of getting rid of the fairy usurper in your house, but I decided to let Agnes, formidable nursemaid to The Blood List’s hero, Barnaby Nightingale, fill you in on the gruesome details (including poisoning it with foxglove tea – above).  The baby’s mum, Frances, is not…

10th Anniversary Derbyshire Bookbash

I’d been somewhat nervous about attending the Derbyshire Bookbash.  To the extent that when my son complained he was a bit hot at a fete the previous day I decided it must be heat stroke and I’d be totally irresponsible to leave him. Needless to say I was encouraged to go (the moment I boarded…

So, you think your kid brother’s a changeling

Disaster.  It seems that all your precautions have failed and your darling brother/sister/son/daughter has been exchanged for a changeling.  But how to be sure that the puling, wizened creature in the cradle really is a fairy usurper? Here are some sure-fire 17th century changeling detection methods to set your mind at rest. 1.  Place hops…

Changelings and how to avoid them

In my research for Book 2 (which is now in the final editing stage!) I’ve learned some valuable 17th century tips to prevent your child being exchanged for an enchanted block of wood or a senile fairy, otherwise known as a ‘changeling’. 1.  Lay the father’s clothing over the cradle. 2.  Never let the fire…