Worldcon Report 6: Visiting Charles

by Brenda W. Clough

image Today we visited Charles Darwin’s house in Sussex. It is now actually within the commuter belt, and you can get there by bus and train. I am visiting every residence I can easily find of the right historical period for this novel. Downe House is particularly cool because Darwin had no office or other work space. Everything he did he did at home, surrounded by his family. It helped of course that he was a rich man who could get an army of servants and gardeners to do all the tough work. Wow, he had a good life!

image We went with friends, which  more than doubles the fun. Here we are absorbing a nutritious lunch of cheese and ham in the tea room of the site. And we traveled by Underground, light rail, taxi, walking, bus, and commuter rail — all in one day. Only in London is this possible, or perhaps New York City.

Tomorrow, the convention actually starts! But on our way over I think we will stop at the Tower of London.



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About Brenda Clough

Brenda W. Clough spent much of her childhood overseas, courtesy of the U.S. government. Her first fantasy novel, The Crystal Crown, was published by DAW in 1984. She has also written The Dragon of Mishbil (1985), The Realm Beneath (1986), and The Name of the Sun (1988). Her children’s novel, An Impossumble Summer (1992), is set in her own house in Virginia, where she lives in a cottage at the edge of a forest. Her novel How Like a God, available from BVC, was published by Tor Books in 1997, and a sequel, Doors of Death and Life, was published in May 2000. Her latest novels from Book View Cafe include Revise the World (2009) and Speak to Our Desires. Her novel A Most Dangerous Woman is being serialized by Serial Box. Her novel The River Twice is newly available from BVC.


Worldcon Report 6: Visiting Charles — 2 Comments

  1. Annoyingly, the site does not allow interior photography. The Dickens house had the great man’s bed, dressing case, and so on. But there’s very little personal furniture from Darwin — possibly they’re still restoring those rooms. The place only became a National Trust in the ’90s, believe it or not. One thing they did have was an interior slide — a piece of wood designed to lay over the stairs so that children could slide down it. It must have been astoundingly noisy and as fun as all get out.