J E Seaward
Janet Evelyn Seaward, born in Kent and brought up in South London, is a writer and visual artist.
After leaving school, Janet spent a year doing a fine arts foundation course at Cambridgeshire College of Art followed by a course in Graphics and Advertising at Medway College of Art.
After leaving Medway she worked as a designer in the art departments of Flair and Cosmopolitan magazines. This finally led to a career as a freelance illustrator, working for many magazines, newspapers and advertising agencies.
Janet has had several one-man shows in London and taken part in many group exhibitions.
‘For Every Lie’ is the first novel by Janet. Based on the real lives of her ancestors, it is a captivating insight into Victorian London. Janet also goes under the name of Jan Seaward where she has combined both her writing and illustrative abilities to create the children’s titles ‘Firewash & Sons’.
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Extract taken from “For Every Lie” by J E Seaward The horrors of a cold Victorian winter did not immediately touch the Atkinsons and the better-off classes in Hammersmith, nor even Mary herself. She had the protection of a warm kitchen, food in her stomach and clothes on her back.…
Unlike the Victorians, when it came to holding a funeral, our earlier ancestors thought less about the pleasantries than getting their deceased relatives sent off quickly, cheaply and efficiently. Britain had been besmirched with war, plague, cholera and, in general, a very short life expectancy. The 17th and 18th century…
West London has always had a special meaning for me – mainly due to the Randell family, my ancestors, having been traceable residents in Hammersmith for almost 200 years. They lived in the diocese of St Paul’s Church, which administered to and registered many of my family’s births marriages and deaths.…