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I write well researched but readable historical and contemporary novels and some non-fiction. I live in a Scottish country cottage with my artist husband. I love gardening and I also collect the fascinating antique textiles that often find their way into my fiction. This blog is about all these things and more!

Sunday, February 14, 2016



Happy Valentine's Day to Robert Burns and his wife, 
Jean Armour! 

Read more about my new novel here.


2 comments:

Eileen McKoy said...

Dear Catherine:

I saw your entry in Art Detective about the discovery of an early portrait of Jean Armour. This is very thrilling news. And, I am especially excited to learn that your novel "The Jewel" will be published in May. I have signed up with Amazon.com to let me know when it is available and I will also be on the lookout for the paperback of "Bird of Passage".
As a consequence of reading your blog I have ordered "Curiosity Cabinet" and a reproduction of the cookery book used by Jean Armour.

I responded in the same vein of enthusiasm to Art Detective. As I mentioned there the provenance for Jean's portrait and Maria Riddell's would be very interesting to know but does not seem readily available.

I love your blog and look forward to reading more.
With all best wishes,
Eileen McKoy
monkseatonlibraryeileen@yahoo.co.uk
p.s. Despite the uk email address I live in San Diego and actually corresponded with you some years ago. You mentioned then that you were writing a book on Jean Armour so I am happy to learn that it will soon be available. I wish you would also write one about Maria Riddell, such a fascinating young lady.

Catherine Czerkawska said...

Thank-you Eileen - will email you today!It would be nice to know the provenance of the painting - they have a shawl in the museum too that is said to have belonged to Jean. There is a certain amount of interesting provenance with that - but I must admit it's nice to be working on fiction, so that - within the bounds of possibility - I can make things up!