Sugar Money: Jane Harris on Where Fact and Imagination Meet

The basis for many a strong historical novel is a true story, even if that story has come down to us only in ...Read Article

The Whole Art of Detection: An Interview with Lyndsay Faye

After all, despite my legendary prickliness, I am flesh and blood in addition to smoke and mirrors.  –Sherlock Holmes, The Whole Art of ...Read Article

Staying Alive in the Elizabethan Age: A.D. Swanston’s New Series

Andrew Swanston (A.D. Swanston) has forsaken the leading character of his previous three novels, Thomas Hill, and started an affair with a ...Read Article

The Himalayan Codex: Extrapolating Complex Scientific Ideas into Ripping Yarns

In 1946, experts at New York’s Museum of Natural History pore over two new items — present-day bones (with nasty tooth marks) from an ...Read Article

The Women in the Castle: Jessica Shattuck on Metaphor and Empathy

Many assassination attempts on Adolf Hitler’s life occurred prior to and during World War Two. Some perpetrators were convinced of the sheer ...Read Article

Red Pencil: Girl in Disguise

Cindy Vallar analyzes the work behind published manuscripts. In this issue, she profiles Greer Macallister’s Girl in Disguise (Sourcebooks, 2017). Life is a ...Read Article

Handling Contradictions: Margaret George on the Challenges Posed by Young Nero

A challenge of writing historical fiction arises when authors encounter popular opinion that runs contrary to documented fact. For example, popular opinion often ...Read Article

Conjuring the Essex Serpent: Sarah Perry & the Modern Gothic Novel

When Sarah Perry’s husband told her the legend of a winged serpent menacing villages deep in the Essex countryside, her imagination was ...Read Article

In the Name of the Family

Sarah Dunant, bestselling author of five historical novels, talks to Charlotte Wightwick about the challenges of writing historical fiction and how Machiavelli nearly ...Read Article

A Faraway Place and Time: Ronald Wright’s The Gold Eaters

A compelling story, history that’s sound without being intrusive, and characters that are human and believable – this is what you’ll find ...Read Article