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New Voices: John Henry Clay, Margaret Skea, Donna Thorland & Alana White

John Henry Clay, Margaret Skea, Donna Thorland and Alana White explain the inspiration for their novels. Donna Thorland’s novel The Turncoat (Penguin, ...Read Article

Red Pencil: Translating Historical Fiction

Technological innovations give us greater access to historical novels written in an author’s native tongue. Translating those works into English, however, isn’...Read Article

John Saturnall’s sense-world: 17th century food and myth

John Saturnall’s Feast is a sumptuous account of cooking and food lore, as well as a love story set in the English ...Read Article

New freedoms, new dangers: Susanna Jones’ Edwardian women

The Edwardian era is the setting for Susanna Jones’ latest novel, the psychological thriller When Nights Were Cold. The protagonists are four young ...Read Article

Elizabeth and Mary: leadership lost and won

Should we act from the head or from the heart? In Jane Austen’s terms: from sense or sensibility? Two queens epitomize this ...Read Article

The ghosts of wartime past: Simone St. James’ 1920s Gothic fiction

SJ: An Inquiry into Love and Death is set in post-WWI England, and the war still exerts a strong pull on the characters. ...Read Article

Sea battles in the 18th and 19th centuries

When I decided to try my hand at writing, one historical period, the climax of the age of fighting sail (the twenty-two-year period ...Read Article

The book and its cover: historical fiction cover art

Pick up an old book, say an Edwardian-era printing. The cover may be plain, cloth-covered board or tooled leather with gilded type. Regardless, ...Read Article

Deborah Swift talks revolutionary Russia and violins with Vanora Bennett

DS: Whilst researching Midnight in St Petersburg you began making a violin as part of your research. Could you tell us something of ...Read Article

Robert Low: The Lion Rampant

Yesterday saw the launch of Robert Low’s final book in his ‘making of Scotland’ trilogy. It is too easy to pigeon-hole some ...Read Article

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