Prudence ~ A Peek At Gail Carriger’s Research (Custard Protocol Special Extras)

I’m writing the first Custard Protcol book right now, Gentle Reader, set in 1895.

There are the usual pauses for research and as I thought you might enjoy a look at the rabbit holes I have been chasing over the past month in pursuit of fodder for Prudence.

Mainly so Rue can blow it up or insult it, you know how these things go.

Weird Research

  • The history of Barclay’s Bank
  • Maps and diagrams of the Island of Malta
  • History and alternate names for London’s Pea Soup fog best known today from Sherlock Holmes adventures.
  • History and use of the term “booby trap.”
  • Names and titles of workers on board a steamer ship around the turn of the century.
  • History and use of bergamot.
  • Victorian deserts that might travel well.
  • History and evolution of the iconography around the goddess Sekhmet.
  • History of Fortnam & Mason (aka Tum Tums)
  • Fisk Jubalee Singers tours in the 1800s.
  • Famously beautiful Arabic women.

Life as an author, in a very odd sort of nut shell.

Pip pip,

~ Your Writer Beast

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“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”

~ Richard Steele, Tatler, 1710

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  1. Pahua said:

    Wonderful Gail! Can't wait for it! I read somewhere in an Arthur C.Clarke-related book that London also suffered from days that simply turned into night s sometimes…

  2. Orinoco Womble said:

    Gail, did you mean desserts that might travel well? I do not recall many Victorian deserts at all, let alone those which might be brought along in ones dirigible.

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