Hues Books is a tiny publishing site for one author – me! I’m Patricia Hughes. My books are all about facts: no children’s books or novels so far, not even detective stories! To my mind, truth really IS much stranger than fiction! And I’ve only got two themes so far: Anne Lister is the first.
At Leeds University I did a BA in German with Honours, then I did Modern Languages Teaching for a few years, but a local ‘no redundancy’ policy didn’t allow a permanent job. When Warwick University was offering a two-year MA in Politics, I’d just discovered the Journals of Anne Lister (1791-1840) of Halifax. The Lecturer in charge of the project needed help in transcribing the secret codes in the journals. My linguistic and translating experience came in handy; I was given two years to do as much as I could. That was November 1986-October 1988. Afterwards the Anne Lister books on this website gradually emerged. Yes, Anne was a lesbian. She was also an attractive, lively, intelligent woman finding her own way in this difficult world, just like you and me.
My second theme is the history of my family
But if you’re IRISH you’d better stop there! Put a blindfold over your eyes and cover your ears – this is VERBOTEN! (Not sure if that’s Irish…)
The entire government in the Republic of Ireland is trying to draw a blanket over everything that I’ve written about William Butler Yeats and Honor Bright! That’s because I’m Telling the Truth about their tragic love affair, about her murder, and about him having to reject his first-born son.
People studying Yeats don’t hear about this at all. The Garda has drawn yet another web of silence around it – Ireland is so good at that! Remember William Geary? He won his case after 70 years, but it’s 95 years since Honor Bright was murdered by the Garda at the command of the Head of the Free State.
But there’s no web of silence in the rest of the world. You can order them here, or by ISBN from any bookshop.
PS Pay for a book if you can, but if you can’t, fill in the order form and send it to me via the comments box on the last page. Donations welcome.