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Food is Always Significant: Miss Graham’s Cold War Cookbook by Celia Rees

Years ago, when Celia Rees found a copy of The Radiation Cookery Book amongst her mother’s effects she knew it would impact ...Read Article

The Woman Before Wallis by Bryn Turnbull: King Edward VIII’s Devotion to Thelma Furness

In her novel The Woman before Wallis (Mira, 2020), Bryn Turnbull has written about the life of Thelma Furness (née Morgan), twin sister ...Read Article

A Collection of Myths and Folklore: The Library of Legends by Janie Chang

With her two earlier novels, Dragon Springs Road and Three Souls, Janie Chang established a reputation for successfully combining historical fiction with magical ...Read Article

Finding Inspiration in Norfolk: The Secrets of Saffron Hall by Clare Marchant

Clare Marchant says that she came late to writing. It was only after a career in IT, raising a family and moving to ...Read Article

Anbara Salam: an Emerging Voice on the Historical Fiction Horizon

Anbara Salam, author of two historical novels, Things Bright and Beautiful (Penguin, 2018) and Belladonna (Berkley, 2020), was born to a Scottish mother and a ...Read Article

The Large Consequences of Small Events: The Day Lincoln Lost by Charles Rosenberg

Charles Rosenberg explains that one of his reasons for writing alternative histories is that “I’ve always been fascinated by the way in ...Read Article

Infectious Diseases in History and the 1918 Pandemic

Recent world events may have led historical novelists to consider depicting epidemic disease in their novels.  I found some websites that provide good ...Read Article

New books by Historical Novel Society members, August 2020

The HNS congratulates all of our author members on their new releases! If you’ve written a historical novel or nonfiction work published (...Read Article

Towards Beauty: Stephanie Storey’s Raphael, Painter in Rome

WRITTEN BY LUCINDA BYATT Raffaello Santi of Urbino died in Rome, 500 years ago, aged just 37. His artistic genius is being celebrated there in ...Read Article

New Voices: Molly Aitken, Finola Austin, Gretchen Berg & Katie Hutton

WRITTEN BY MYFANWY COOK The ‘undercroft’ of history and its events, people, & places are revealed through the writing of novelists Molly Aitken, ...Read Article

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