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Walter Scott Prize: The Sisters Brothers

[toc] The Sisters Brothers: When genre gets literary Patrick deWitt’s first novel, Ablutions, a short novel about a descent into addiction, attracted ...Read Article

Philippa Gregory on her new YA series Order of Darkness and more…

Philippa Gregory is an iconic writer best known for her massively successful Tudor Court series, which began with The Other Boleyn Girl, since ...Read Article

Raising a Plymouth Gin and Dubonnet to Queen Elizabeth II

We’ve been keeping quiet here about the Jubilee. We know it is divisive. Members may be monarchists or republicans, royalists or parliamentarians. ...Read Article

Walter Scott Prize: The Quality of Mercy

[toc] Barry Unsworth’s The Quality of Mercy: when the Historical Novel tackles the ‘big issue’ Barry Unsworth has been shortlisted for the ...Read Article

Alternate History

As a big alternate history fan, I get asked often to recommend a good alternate history books, but that is like asking me ...Read Article

Walter Scott Prize shortlist: Half Blood Blues

[toc] Esi Edugyan’s Half Blood Blues: fiddling while Rome burns Edugyan’s first novel, The Second Life of Samuel Tyne, garnered some ...Read Article

Walter Scott Prize shortlist: The Stranger’s Child

[toc] Alan Hollinghurst’s The Stranger’s Child: The anti-historic novel Alan Hollinghurst’s earlier books have been novels of contemporary manners, particularly ...Read Article

Rome: The Eagle of the Twelfth

Following The Emperor’s Spy and The Coming of the King, The Eagle of the Twelfth is the third book in Manda Scott‘...Read Article

Walter Scott Prize shortlist: Pure

[toc] Andrew Miller’s Pure: the Historical Novel as ‘time outside time’ Andrew Miller won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the James ...Read Article

Walter Scott Prize shortlist: On Canaan’s Side

[toc] Sebastian Barry’s On Canaan’s Side: the Historical Novel as a Paean of Loss Sebastian Barry has been twice short-listed for ...Read Article

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