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A Rich & Bittersweet Confection: The Chocolate Maker’s Wife

If you’re an Australian member of the HNS, Karen Brooks will need no introduction. For the rest of us … where do I ...Read Article

An Enchanted Land: Sofía Segovia’s The Murmur of Bees

The Murmur of Bees by Mexican writer Sofía Segovia (translated by Simon Bruni, Amazon Crossing, 2019) is the rare novel in historical fiction, ...Read Article

Saving Washington: An Interview with Chris Formant

Somewhere deep beneath the bustling streets of Brooklyn, New York lie the remains of perhaps the most important, yet most forgotten, citizen soldiers ...Read Article

How We Disappeared: An Interview with Jing-Jing Lee

On 15 February 1942, the island of Singapore in Southeast Asia surrendered to a Japanese invasion force. The Allied forces were twice the strength of ...Read Article

History & Film: Are You Not Entertained? Truth and the Historical Films of Ridley Scott

In 2018 Sir Ridley Scott received a lifetime achievement fellowship from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) – its highest award. In ...Read Article

New Voices: Colleen Adair Fliedner, Matt Gianni, Janet Hancock & Kip Wilson

Kip Wilson has blended her interest in poetry with her skills as an author to create her Young Adult fiction novel White Rose (...Read Article

History on Ice: Historical Fiction of the Polar Regions

I date my literary interest in the Arctic to Nevil Shute’s An Old Captivity. This time-slip novel about the Viking settlement of ...Read Article

Dazzle with Delight: Marking the Anniversaries of the Walter Scott and James Tait Black Memorial Prizes

This summer marks important anniversaries for two of the UK’s premier literary prizes: the tenth anniversary of the Walter Scott Prize for ...Read Article

The Changing Role of Women in Espionage during World War II: Jennifer Ryan’s The Spies of Shilling Lane

The Spies of Shilling Lane (Crown, 2019) is an exhilarating spy thriller and the touching coming-of-middle-age story of a woman, who transforms from provincial ...Read Article

Silence and Spotlight: The Extremes of Activity in Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini

“If the Führer says it is true, it must be true, however preposterous.”  – Arvid, Resistance Women, p. 438   In 2019, when we hear ...Read Article