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Research Questions. by tucsonmike on 24 March 2006 5:15am
 
I am building my backstory in the Moriarty book. The help I need is London based. I will mention anyone who helps, etc.
If you want, email me privately. I am trying to have SOME semblance of realism.
Thanx as always.
Mike
 
Re: Research Questions. by arty_farty on 24 March 2006 11:40am
 
put me in as Madame Toupee the Arabian fourtune teller who is the real thing.
 
Re: Research Questions. by kazzzz on 24 March 2006 12:38pm
 
What sort of help do you need exactly, Mike?
 
Re: Research Questions. by arty_farty on 24 March 2006 12:40pm
 
hahahahahaha ow.
 
Re: Research Questions. by pandab on 28 March 2006 3:06am
 
I'm not a resident of London, but I know quite a bit about its history. Plus, I'm a HUGE Holmes fan. Maybe I can help a little? What are you looking for?

Pandab
 
Re: Research Questions. by tucsonmike on 28 March 2006 3:24am
 
Thanks for the offers. I am starting to build it. Information on the Irish in London in the 19th Century.

The way the book is growing, it is told from Moriarty's point of view. He starts as the the poor boy from County Kerry (I discovered Moriarty is a Kerry name). He and his widowed mother end up in London, being too poor to afford passage to Boston or New York. I have built the story with him building a gang in Whitechapel of other Irish kids and then being singled out by a monastery for advanced education, because of his intelligence.
Of course he goes over Reichenbach Falls in the end. His family is safely ensconsed in Moriarty, New Mexico (a real town near Albuquerque).

The publisher likes the idea. She has my basic synopsis. I am just writing like mad.

Help I need is:
1. Information on the Irish in London. Anything I can get.
2. How "high" could an Irishman rise in society in Victorian London?

Probably think of more as time goes on.

It is fiction after all, so I have taken great liberties. Thanks as always!
Mike
 
Re: Research Questions. by arty_farty on 28 March 2006 11:49am
 
i dont think that the Irish could advance that far as they were unemancipated and stuff. i did this as part of my AS level. wish i'd payed attention now.
the gist of that is
the Irish got as high as a lead balloon filled with cement.
 
Re: Research Questions. by suzulu on 28 March 2006 10:30pm
 
Apparently there was an exhibition last year at the National Portrait Gallery on the Irish in London in the 19th and early 20th centuries. That would have been most useful for your research, Mike!

I wonder if they have kept any literature in their archives.
 
Re: Research Questions. by arty_farty on 30 March 2006 1:47pm
 
was Moriarty a protestant or a catholic? if he was a prot he would have had a better time of it.

potatoes!!!
 
Re: Research Questions. by tucsonmike on 30 March 2006 5:41pm
 
Moriarty was Catholic. So that is part of what drives him.
 
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