Saturday, 27 March 2010

A New Doctor Darwin - Congratulations Emma

Emma Darwin is the award winning author of The Mathematics of Love and A Secret Alchemy – a direct descendant of Charles Darwin and Emma Wedgwood she has just been awarded her PhD in creative writing. Congratulations Dr Darwin.

Emma's books:

Synopsis  (from
From the Suffolk countryside to the old Basque towns of Spain, Emma Darwin's unforgettable debut tells the astoundingly moving story of Stephen, a veteran of Waterloo, whose suffering and secret lost happiness is transformed by love. Gorgeously written, fascinating and engrossing, THE MATHEMATICS OF LOVE is a sexy, heart-breaking, glorious novel by a major new literary star.

Synopsis (from
Two murdered princes; a powerful queen betrayed; a nobleman riding towards his certain death...The story of the Princes in the Tower has been one of the most fascinating - and most brutal - murder mysteries in history for more than five hundred years. In a brilliant feat of historical daring, Emma Darwin has recreated the terrible, exhilarating world of the two youngest victims of the War of the Roses: the power struggles and passion that lay behind their birth, the danger into which they fell, the profoundly moving days before their imprisonment, and the ultimate betrayal of their innocence. In A Secret Alchemy, three voices speak: that of Elizabeth Woodville, the beautiful widow of King Edward IV; of her brother Anthony, surrogate father to the doomed Prince Edward and his brother Dickon; and that of present-day historian Una Pryor. Orphaned, and herself brought up in a family where secrets and rivalries threaten her world, Una's experience of tragedy, betrayal and lost love help her unlock the long-buried secrets that led to the princes' deaths. Weaving their stories together, Emma Darwin brilliantly evokes how the violence and glamour of past ages live on within our present.

Emma's ancestry

Emma was born and brought up in London, she is the daughter of Henry Galton Darwin, a Foreign Office Lawyer, son of Sir Charles Galton Darwin who was the son of George Howard Darwin – the son of  Charles Darwin, author of On the Origin of Species and Descent of Man, and his wife Emma Wedgwood. He was, of course, also a grandson of Josiah Wedgwood I.


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·         Profile in the Daily Telegraph (18th March 2007)

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Coming soon - Biographies

Firstly apologies for the dearth of blog posts – little Thomas is now not so little, and as a bustling toddler takes up rather a lot of time, which is how it should be. Additionally I have recommenced my PhD research….which fills up a few spare minutes! But, I haven't forgotten this blog, or family history. Since the website was taken down, and the new site established, whilst the genealogical content is comprehensive and ever updating thanks to the sterling work of Philip Richards, my partner on the site, many of the biographical information previously available on the old site has been lost. So, I will start to build that again – initially through this blog and then as a composite web page on the site.

Josiah Wedgwood and Charles Darwin have of course already been featured prominently – there are many others and I will start with an unusual angle: Actors! So, coming soon, Cary Elwes, Geoffrey Edward Spencer Lovatt and thespian siblings Skandar and Soumaya Keynes

The format will be simple; I will set out their connection to the Wedgwood clan – linking to Philip's database - and then provide links to Dictionary of National Biography, Who's Who, and Wikipedia.

Monday, 22 March 2010

EBAY: Superb Wedgwood 200th Anniversary Black Basalt Tankard


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