About Dreaming Spies

Those readers anticipating the upcoming publication of my memoir that is being called “Dreaming Spies” may like to follow the descriptions of my literary agent, Laurie R. King.  As usual, she presents herself as the actual author of the books, hence approaching the material as if it were research.  An amusing conceit, I think you will agree.  Her blog posts are here. … [Read more...]

A Twitter party invitation

Twitter party invitation

Those of you active on “Twitter” may already know that I, too, am often to be found thereon, in competition for the oldest Tweeter.  (Holmes, long a devotee of the telegraphic style of prose, finds looking over my shoulder sufficiently amusing.)  My identity on Twitter is @Mary_Russell, and I would like to invite you to a party at that address on this coming Saturday, 17 January, at 9:00 in … [Read more...]


It has been a joy and an honour, in recent years, to see the response of some very talented members of the Reading Public to my Memoirs.  (Past projects can be seen here.)  Again for the new book, Dreaming Spies, Ms King’s community is invited to contribute their talents both literary and artistic, with two contests running simultaneously, for haiku and for what she terms her … [Read more...]

The secret reading of Sherlock Holmes


Since the days when Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was first producing “his” stories about my husband, other writers have been publishing stories that claim to be true tales of Sherlock Holmes.  A variation on that theme has developed from the editorial efforts of my literary agent, Laurie R. King and her colleague Leslie S. Klinger—namely, stories that are not direct pastiches, but are rather … [Read more...]

My War


A series of juvenilia is appearing as an ongoing series of posts on the blog of my literary agent, Laurie R. King.  Each Monday, she adds one more of the weekly journal posts I kept a century ago, beginning with the declaration of War in August, 1914.  Reading it is an occasionally amusing, sometimes painful, evocation of those early months of the Great War, from the perspective of a young … [Read more...]