Welcome to Singular Discoveries

Sharing interesting stories and engaging recommendations

Welcome to Singular Discoveries. I’m Paul Brown. I write about unusual stories from the forgotten corners of the past. In this newsletter, I’ll share interesting stories and engaging recommendations.

I spend a lot of time browsing historical newspaper archives, trawling through old books and manuscripts, and collecting interesting stories. These stories have inspired articles, books, even movies — and now a newsletter.

Each issue of Singular Discoveries will present a fascinating, surprising, and forgotten story from the past. Usually, this will be a short tale. Occasionally, it’ll be a more in-depth long read. I have other plans for bringing these stories to life, too.

For now, I’ll present one story in each newsletter, plus some recommended discoveries — books, articles, records, podcasts, TV shows, or movies — chosen because they’re interesting and might enrich a few minutes of your time.

There’ll also be some context about writing, reporting, and the process of scouring historical archives for interesting stories. And I’ll ask authors and other interesting people to offer insights into their work and share their recommendations.

Launching on 3 June 2021.

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Coming up:

  • An underground cave, a mysterious captain, and a barrel full of boys.

  • Rival Romeos, a boxing match, and an unusual prize.

  • The shipwreck survivors saved by a football.

  • A snake dancer and her dangerously disobedient python.

  • The gravedigger and the knocks from the coffin.

In the meantime, you can find more about me and my work on my website or find me on Twitter.