Appledore Books Newsletter
January 2008
Readers of This Desired Place
Tell of Real-Life Ancestral Links
to Characters in Historical Novel

The colorful, bawdy butcher Phillip Babb is one of the real-life Isles of Shoals characters in This Desired Place, Julia Older's lively, deeply researched historical novel of Puritan life and piratical times in the 17th century.

Babb is only one of the many family lines that readers are reporting about Older's second novel of The Isles of Shoals Trilogy. In fact, a Midwest member of the Babb Family Association said that even today "it is never dull living with a Babb!"

Then in New Hampshire, not far from the offshore Isles of Shoals themselves, another reader, describing herself as "an amateur genealogist," wrote to say that her ancestry is related to many of the famous surnames of Colonial New England she saw in This Desired Place. Some of these include the Taylors of Hampton, the Tuttles of Dover, the Leightons, the Husseys and others. She is also a direct descendent of Thomas Dudley, Simon Bradstreet and poet Ann Dudley Bradstreet (1612-72), the first important woman author in America.

This Desired Place turns out to be a bigger family reunion than anyone anticipated.

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