Clothes in Books has been running since 2012, with more than 2000 entries and nearly 2 million pageviews. In that time, I have found that many people share my curiosity and interest in the clothes characters wear in literature of all kinds... the blog has a particular emphasis on crime fiction of all eras, classic literature, 'women's fiction' of the mid 20th C, and children's books. And also something I describe as 'high-grade tosh in the form of massive bestsellers from a bygone age, mostly now forgotten' - two posts with links to define what that actually is. (With mention of the sub-genre 'books I read so you don't have to'.)
But every genre is represented sooner or later. You can read some blog history here.
And now for some boasting, in the guise of being informative:
Because of the blog I have met a huge community of lovely online friends, and I have become an official or unofficial fashion adviser to many writers - from crime to the proper use of fashion terms for the translation of a Eurovision winner's autobiography... [and I am always willing to give fashion advice, don't hesitate to ask - firstname.lastname@example.org ]
I have taken part in literary festivals - defending Barbies, talking crime fiction to experts - met up with many of my online friends, and been to dinner at the Detection Club.
I contributed a piece on Josephine Tey to a book called Murder in the Closet - gay themes in Golden Age crime fiction - edited by the marvellous Curtis Evans. Our book was nominated for an Edgar award, and I went to New York for the ceremony.
I have written for the Guardian newspaper, and appeared on several podcasts.
In real life I am Moira Redmond, longtime journalist, writer, author and website editor. I live in Winchester, England.
I am on Twitter as @ClothesinBooks
Most blog entries feature a book or books via some aspect of clothes, general appearance or accessories. There'll be illustrations suggested by that description, along with comments on the book and picture.
The format does vary: some entries start with an extract from the book and some don't. Sometimes I write a straight review, or do a themed entry.
Comments are always welcome.
Here are some of the most successful, popular, or best-loved entries to start you off:
|NY Eve 2019|
|Creeping round late at night in a crime-ridden environment|
|How do ballerinas keep their tights up?|
|Lost masterpiece: The Clue in the Castle|
|I Capture the Castle|
|Stig of the Dump|
Using the tabs at the top of the page you can:
- See all the photos on one page, and very enchanting they look too. This page opens in Pinterest, so use the back keys to get back to the blog.
- Get to a page listing all the books that have featured in alphabetical order of author. (If you find any mistakes or bad links please let me know – there doesn’t seem to be any easy or quick way of producing this list, and it is hard work, so mistakes may well creep in. If you know of any way to produce such a list automatically would also love to know.)
You can use either blog search box or the labels (below the entries) to look for themed entries. Some suggestions: black dress, white dress, fur, silk, hats, clothes panic.
As far as I am aware there are no copyright issues about any of the words or pictures – if you think differently please let me know.
Ideas or suggestions for future entries are most welcome.
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