Original features from our print magazines.

Holy War – the conclusion of the Saladin trilogy – launches 23rd May. Author Jack Hight talks the Lionheart, the crusades, and the clash of religions.

RL: Sharon Penman says that the Plantagenets always claim centre stage when they enter her books. Did you find that with Richard Lionheart? ...Read Article

Ann Turnbull tackles Plague and Fire for young readers

RL: How did you come to write about the Plague and Fire: I know it’s a Year 2 (6/7 year old) history topic in ...Read Article

Nigel Wild talks about his debut Nightwalk, set in occupied France

RL: Tell us about your hero, Guy Duplessis. Is he modelled on anyone specific? Will English-language readers respond to his Gallic charms? NW: ...Read Article

Jean Fullerton on Call the Midwife and her new series, beginning with Call Nurse Millie

RL: Call the Midwife and you are a natural match. Did the success of the TV show lead directly to your writing Call ...Read Article

A Step Removed: Character and Dialogue in ‘Daughters of Mars’

In the second of our series of features looking at the language of the six historical novels shortlisted for this year’s Walter ...Read Article

Anything important – sex, death, love, freedom, whatever – and the Romans’ views were very different from ours. MM Bennetts in conversation with Harry Sidebottom

I first encountered Harry Sidebottom two summers ago, at the Kelmarsh Festival of History, where he he had been talking about Rome to ...Read Article

Toby’s Room and the art of explication

In the first of our series of features looking at the language of the six historical novels shortlisted for this year’s Walter ...Read Article

Walter Scott Prize 2013: Using the Language of the Dead.

Last year we looked at the Walter Scott Prize shortlist trying to define ‘literary historical fiction‘.  This year we want to think about ...Read Article

Erika Robuck on her new release Call me Zelda, as Gatsby opens in Cannes

AF: Congrats on the release of your third novel, Call Me Zelda. Like Hemingway’s Girl, Call Me Zelda is getting rave reviews ...Read Article

Kate Braithwaite talks to Caroline Leavitt about cold hands, Communism and a new use for social media

Caroline Leavitt, author of nine novels, including New York Times bestseller, Pictures of You, has turned to writing about the past and fallen ...Read Article

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