Double the Stars


‘…you are there in the carriage jolting through the shires, and there as you gaze through the eye of a giant telescope at as-yet unnamed stars…’

– The Literary Loper. Read the full review here.

Double the Stars illuminates the life and adventures of Miss Caroline Herschel, maid-turned-singer-turned comet-hunter of Kings. It is based on the real life of Caroline Herschel, who discovered eight comets and was the first woman in England to earn a salary for scientific work, and rubbed shoulders with Fanny Burney and the Duchess of Devonshire.

Double the Stars was published by Cinnamon Press in September 2014, with a ‘double’ launch, at the Herschel Museum of Astronomy during the Jane Austen Festival in Bath, and in the Octagon Room of the Royal Observatory Greenwich. It’s available second-hand, as it is now out of print.

It is a particular honour to point out that the cover artwork is a hand-made paper-cut silhouette by a dear friend, historical illustrator and direct descendent of Caroline’s brother William: Cassie Herschel-Shorland.

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