Title: Mysterious Miss Channing
Author: Nadine Millard
Series: Ranford Series
Publisher: Blue Tulip Publishing
Georgian/Regency Ireland Fun Facts:
- The Prince Regent, who in 1820 succeeded his father as George IV was the only king to visit Ireland, coming to Dublin in 1821.
- Jane Austen herself mentioned Ireland in her novels, particularly Emma where the elusive Mr. Dixon lived, and Persuasion, where she had Captain Wentworth mistaken for an Irishman.
- And, in actual fact, Jane Austen enjoyed a ‘flirtation’ with Thomas Langlois Lefroy, a man from County Limerick in the south west of Ireland who later became Lord Chief Justice of Ireland. He left Jane to study the bar in London and then proceeded to marry a wealthy Irish heiress. He wasn’t a popular character to the working classes of Ireland but he always held a special place in Jane’s heart.
- Arthur Guinness, the inventor and original brewer of the famous Irish stout lived in Ireland from 1725-1803 and the brewery still stands in St. James’s Gate, Dublin. The drink sells 1.8billion US pints a year!
- The "Oscar" statuette handed out at the Academy Awards was designed by Cedric Gibbons, who was born in Dublin in 1823.
- The word quiz was allegedly invented in the 1830’s by a Dublin theater owner named Richard Daly, who made a bet that he could make a nonsense word known throughout the city in just 48 hours. Legend says that Daly gave his employees cards with the word “quiz” written on them, and told them to write it on walls all over the city. Some historians argue that the word was already in use at this time, but most agree that it did not acquire it’s current definition – "to question or interrogate" – until sometime in the 19th century.
- In 1800, the population of Ireland was almost twice as large as that of the United States. By 2000, America’s population was about 60 times that of Ireland.
- James Hoban, an architect from County Kilkenny in the midlands of Ireland, designed the original White House in Washington in 1792. After the White House was burned by the British in 1812, Hoban was called in to oversee a three year restoration.
- In 1818 (when Mysterious Miss Channing takes place) there were 198 non-fictional Peers of the Realm in Ireland, 73 of which were Earls like the dashing Earl of Ranford.
- Thomas Moore, the famous Irish poet and composer was born in Dublin in 1779 and died in England in 1852. He counted among his close friends, the infamous Lord Byron and Percey Shelley, whose mother-in-law was none other than Mary Wollstonecraft, a fierce 18th century advocate for Women’s Rights.
Ranford Hall, where the story takes place, is based on Emo Court
An Unlikely Duchess
Hey everyone!I'm Nadine, a writer from County Laois in Ireland. My debut novel, a Regency Romance called An Unlikely Duchess debuted in March 2014, with Book Two, Seeking Scandal, debuting July 2014. There is a final book in the series, Mysterious Miss Channing releasing in January 2015. I'm also part of a box set, Forbidden, Regency Romance which contains my novella, A Winter Wish. My brain is constantly full of stories and characters so don't be surprised if I come out with something completely different after that...though I have to say, my heart belongs to Regency! When I'm not writing I can be found scurrying around after my three children. Or perhaps my dog. I don't scurry after my husband, that's generally the other way around! ;) I hate housework so only kind of pretend to do it! Love reading (or research as I like to call it). I have a brilliant family and wonderful friends who are ever patient and supportive of me. I'm sometimes asked where my inspiration comes from. I guess it's from everywhere! I love my gorgeous husband to distraction so that helps! I think I also put a little bit of people I know into my characters...shhhh ;) Have an ever so mild obsession with Jane Austen and have properly researched time machines in case there's one who could take me back to 1800s. I know. I need help. My brain might be odd but it's a pretty fun place to be at times! My writing really took off when my three year old started preschool. So now, while my seven, five and three year old children are being taken care of by teachers, my characters are being taken care of by me! To be fair though, I can quite regularly be found at 2am glued to the laptop when I get an idea!