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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

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  1. dgkaye says:

    This sounds so interesting Olga. I love British history and Monarchy. I’m checking it out thanks. <3

    1. Thanks, Debby. It is a great reference book for people interested in British history (and I discovered a lot of background information for some of the visits of big houses as well). Have a fabulous week!

      1. dgkaye says:

        Thanks again and happy week to you too <3

        1. 🙂

  2. Great choice, Olga! Someone once called me “a collector of names,” so strong was my interest in their origin and meaning. This book should be great for me. Thanks for pointing it out, and for your mindful review. Hugs!

    1. Thanks, Teagan. I did think about you and about your interest in names as I was checking this one. It is amazing the connections one can find when one starts digging. I hope you have a fantastic week. And good luck with your new book! (I don’t think I’ll ever look at a magpie the same way again!)

  3. This book sounds fascinating. The tax collector is mentioned in the Bible so taxes do go back a long time.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. Indeed! I think the old saying about only two things certain in life, death and taxes, is correct. I know you are interested in British history and you like to research the topic, so I thought you might find it appealing. Have a fantastic week!

  4. As my surname is one of the most common in Britain, I have long been fascinated by more unusual names, and their origins. The history of land ownership and the aristocracy has left a legacy of names around this country that differ greatly by region. Some names are distinctively ‘Northern’, like Whatmough, Hardacre, and others. At one time, you would have been unlikely to find such surnames outside the most northerly counties.
    Anyone writing historical fiction would do well to remember such connections. Great review, Olga.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. You are right, of course, but people sometimes forget where names come from and how important they are to understand the history of a region. My surname is pretty common in Spain as well (formally we use both, our father and our mother’s surname). Miret is not terribly unusual, but not quite as common as Núñez. Have a fantastic week, Pete.

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