Margaret George’s moving address at HNSLondon12

Posted by Richard Lee

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  1. Mark Evans
    April 10, 2013

    I enjoyed listening to this again. “We can only go back in our imaginations…” – so true. The points made about selective archiving and imperfect knowledge of the past struck a chord; people speak of things that I was involved in as history. And they tell me I’m wrong about what happened because what they’ve read contradicts my clear recollection. All history is subjective; and there are holes in the records. As Bernard Cornwell said about writing historical fiction: “You will get things wrong.” And as he observed,”..there’s always a ‘helpful reader’ who will correct you.”

  2. Mary Tod
    April 12, 2013

    A great speech … I particularly like the notion of historical fiction writers being “the time machine for other people … to take them back to the past”.