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Gin & Gentlemen

Gin & Gentlemen

By Curzon and Harkstead
Armed with gin, cake and a very British sense of humour, join authors Catherine Curzon and Eleanor Harkstead for a gad through anything from their favourite fellows to embarrassing historical ailments and everything in between!
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Writing for Woman's Weekly
We lift the lid on our new venture, writing short stories for Woman's Weekly. Word counts, twists in the tail and inspiration are all under the microscope. Plus discover what's coming out of the ink well, and who's putting the fizz in our gin. Find out more at Music: Page-turn sound effect:
April 8, 2021
Under a Spitfire Sky
Join us as we tell all about Under a Spitfire Sky, our debut Ellie Curzon novel for Orion. Meet Florence and Siegfried, and discover their world of romance, adventure and Spitfires! And as ever, we find out what’s coming out of the inkwell, and who’s putting the fizz in our gin! Find out more at Curzon/Harkstead. Spitfire sound effect courtesy of Sound Bible.
March 11, 2021
The Mermaids in Room 423
Join us as we talk about our romantic thrillers The Colour of Mermaids and The Man in Room 423. We’ll talk, plotting, pacing and the inspiration behind our genre-hopping. And as ever, there’s something emerging from the inkwell, and a lot of fizz in our gin.
July 15, 2020
Captivating Captains and Dishevelled Dukes
Join Catherine and Eleanor as they welcome dashing captains and a dishevelled duke to their stable. Meet an airline captain in a tropical paradise and a former soldier with a surprising new job on Downing Street, not to mention a saucy oarsman making waves in a village  with more than its share of secrets. And if that's not enough, there's a magical Valentine's in London too! Find out what's emerging from the inkwell this week, and discover who's putting the fizz in the Curzon and Harkstead gin. Only on Gin & Gentlemen!
April 30, 2020
A Tale of Two Writers
Join us as we answer the perennial question– how do we write together? Get the inside scoop on where we write, how we come up with plots, the fun to be had in a sandbox, how we decide who writes who, and what happens when things don’t go so smoothly. And as ever, discover what’s crawling out of the inkwell, and who - or what - is putting the fizz in our gin!
February 23, 2020
The Desert Island Survival Pack
What books, music and films would you need to while away the time on a desert island? Discover what we've packed in our bags to help us survive until a dashing captain comes to our rescue. And find out who's putting the fizz in our gin and what's lurking in the inkwell this week. Only on Gin & Gentlemen!
January 9, 2020
Lurking in the undercroft with Guy Fawkes
Join us in the cellars beneath the House of Lords, where we're keeping an eye on Guy Fawkes and a whole heap of suspicious barrels. We'll blow the top off the Gunpowder Plot and learn the importance of a convincing alias, how a touch of plague can interfere in the best laid plans, and what happens when your conspiracy springs a leak. And as ever, there’s fizz in our gin and something creeping out of the inkwell.
December 9, 2019
Queuing in the Alley and (Not) Smoking in the Cinema
Join us at the pictures as we enjoy some no-budget adverts, hide from the glare of the usherette’s torch and grab a tub at the interval. And by the way, the power cut is not part of the film.  Find out what’s crawling out of the inkwell this week, and who’s putting the fizz in our gin. Only on Gin and Gentleman!
October 24, 2019
A Princess, A Captain & A Corgi
In this bonus episode, we’re introducing you to the delights of Princess in Love. This forgotten gem is a made-for-TV movie from the 1990s about Diana, Princess of Wales and Captain James Hewitt. Discover just how dashing Christopher Villiers looks in uniform, marvel at the world’s biggest corgi and gasp at Diana’s loathing of mauve blouses. Plus there’s a theatrical in the inkwell and find out who’s putting the fizz in our gin. Only on Gin and Gentlemen!
September 16, 2019
Pride and Prejudice and Mr Wickham at 60
 We’re talking Pride and Prejudice this week with a behind the scenes look at Being Mr Wickham, Catherine’s brand new theatre show in which Adrian Lukis returns to his celebrated role as Jane Austen’s most rakish rogue. Plus naked Darcy, scandalous queens and Mr Bennet throws some shade. With thrilling Captivating Captains news hot off the press. Only in Gin & Gentlemen!
August 20, 2019
Fruit Juice at Berni's with the Little Chef
Grab your complimentary lollipop and join us on a wander down a culinary memory lane as we reminisce about the fruit juice starter and big steaks at the Berni Inn, burgers with a knife and fork at the Wimpy Bar, and being denied access to the Happy Eater swings. Discover what happened to PizzaLand, and how to make bubbles with a handdrier. Find out what’s coming out of the inkwell, and who’s putting the fizz in our gin this week. Only on Gin & Gentlemen. 
July 30, 2019
An Actor's Guide to Romance
 We're taking a trip to the theatre this week in Gin & Gentlemen, to look at the inspiration behind our short story, An Actor's Guide to Romance. We'll relive our favourite theatrical memories and discuss the magic of Chekhov and the challenges of a very long Oedipus. Plus who's putting the fizz in our gin and what's climbing out of the inkwell, only in Gin & Gentlemen.
July 9, 2019
Lost Valley of the Boardgames
From Ghost Castle to Hotel, via Cluedo, Ludo and pig-themed confusion, get your dice and chose your counter, because we're taking out some classic board games. We'll bowl you over with Test Match, get you in a tizz with Twister and try to find the Scalextric car that got lost behind the sofa. It's game night for Gin & Gentlemen!
June 18, 2019
Delivering Papers with Arthur Morgan
In the latest, slightly delayed episode of Gin & Gentlemen, we're living our Tron fantasy. From the Spectrum's mighty 48k to the Atari ST via classics including Paperboy, Red Dead Redemption and a curious Tetris-led assault on the Top 40, join us for a (very) personal history of gaming.... with added Japanese Boy! And find out which of our novels we'd turn into games if we could. Plus we'll open the inkwell and get our gin fizzed, only in Gin & Gentlemen.
May 29, 2019
Films We Haven't Seen
 This week in Gin & Gentlemen, we’re counting down the films we haven’t seen that everybody says we should! From Citizen Kane to The Matrix, Sunset Boulevard to Titanic, join Catherine and Eleanor and their special guest, Rick (aka Mr Curzon) as they attempt to plug the gaps in their knowledge of the silver screen. Plus, who’s putting the fizz in our gin and what’s emerging from the Curzon/Harkstead inkwell, only on Gin & Gentlemen!
May 7, 2019
The Ghost Garden
 Join Catherine and Eleanor for the inside scoop on their new novel, The Ghost Garden - shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists' Association 2020 Romantic Novel of the Year Award. Find out what didn’t make the cut, how plans for a contemporary ghost story turned into a paranormal romance set in 1925 and get a few clues about the spooky mystery at the heart of the story. Plus, who’s putting the fizz in our gin and what horrors are climbing out of the inkwell, all in the latest episode of Gin and Gentlemen!
April 23, 2019
Dashing Down the Magic Aisle with Dale
In episode #5 of Gin &Gentlemen we're taking you shopping! Don't think Harrods and Harvy Nics though, because we'll be your guide to such delights as Kwik Save, the dreaded A-Team font and some questionable oven chips. Which supermarket thinks petit pois are essential, and how can you combine a game show with a trolley dash? Plus, who's putting the fizz in our gin and what terrifying beast's climbing out of our inkwell this week?
April 9, 2019
Seaside Strollings with the Brighton Beaux
 Join Catherine and Eleanor for the fourth episode of Gin & Gentlemen, where they discuss the unique charms of the British seaside. Join Eleanor in Queen Victoria's shower and gad about with Catherine to peep at a prince in his pavilion. Plus, find out who’s putting the fizz in our gin this week, only on Gin and Gentlemen!
March 26, 2019
Regency Picnicking with the Captain and the Queen
 Join Catherine and Eleanor for the third episode of Gin & Gentlemen, where they discuss the perils and pleasures of writing historical fiction. Find out why picnics were off the menu in 1816, how Catherine dealt with a Georgian drag superstar, and what Eleanor wore in the trenches. Plus, find out who’s putting the fizz in our gin this week, only in Gin & Gentlemen!
March 12, 2019
Fighting at Gravesides with Grayson Sinclair
Join Catherine and Eleanor for the second episode of Gin & Gentlemen, where they discuss the allure of the older man. Find out about Catherine's secret Emmerdale shame, discover which of Eleanor's crushes surfed into Summer Bay and learn the art of bringing raunch to The Archers.  Shownotes at:
February 26, 2019
Late Night Camping with the Captain
Join Catherine and Eleanor for the first episode of Gin & Gentlemen, where they discuss how they met, how they write and how many men they can fit on their knees. Find out how a handsome chap sent Eleanor into a hedge, enjoy Yorkshire's most questionable James Mason impression and hear all about a compromising situation for a soldier and his captain.
February 12, 2019