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J.D. Oswald
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Hello from Hampshire, England

Post by J.D. Oswald » Mon May 14th, 2012, 8:13 pm

Hello, I'm really pleased to have come across this forum. I'm a keen reader and (part-time) writer and live in (old!) Hampshire in the south of England.

I've recently published an historical novel about art, families and slavery in eighteenth century London and Devon, based on my research into 2 historical characters: a miniature portrait artist and a freed slave.

I'm hoping to attend the Historical Novel Society Conference in London in September.


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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Mon May 14th, 2012, 9:03 pm

Hi J. D.! Welcome to the forum. Great to have you here and look forward to seeing you at the conference!

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Post by boswellbaxter » Mon May 14th, 2012, 9:45 pm

Welcome, J.D.! Glad to have you here.
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Post by Vanessa » Mon May 14th, 2012, 9:46 pm

Welcome, JD. Hope you enjoy it here.
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Post by Misfit » Mon May 14th, 2012, 9:47 pm

Hi JD. Welcome aboard.
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Post by wendy » Mon May 14th, 2012, 9:57 pm

Hello J.D. Nice to have you join us. Where are you based in Hampshire? I used to live in Southampton!
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Tue May 15th, 2012, 3:59 am

Hi J.D. Your premise sounds interesting. Do you read mostly 18th-century too?

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Post by Madeleine » Tue May 15th, 2012, 9:04 am

Hi JD and welcome from another "southerner", I've been through Hampshire quite a few times and love the New Forest. Good luck with your book.
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Post by Justin Swanton » Tue May 15th, 2012, 11:15 am

Hi J.D.

Does the abolition of slavery under the impetus of Wilberforce feature in your novel? I saw the movie Amazing Grace - thought it was very good, but I'm not au fait with the period.

Hope your stay with the HFO is a happy one!
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Post by J.D. Oswald » Tue May 15th, 2012, 11:40 am

[quote=""wendy""]Hello J.D. Nice to have you join us. Where are you based in Hampshire? I used to live in Southampton![/quote]
Hello Wendy
I live in Winchester, so not too far away from Southampton. It's a small world!

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