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Blending Scandinavian Noir & HF: Cecilia Ekbäck’s Wolf Winter

In October 2016, from the six shortlisted historical novels,1 Cecilia Ekbäck’s Wolf Winter was judged the winner of the Goldsboro Debut Crown. ...Read Article

Being “On the Ground”: An Interview with Felicity Pulman, Author of the Janna Chronicles

Australian historical novelists face challenges when writing about places thousands of miles away and centuries in the past. Felicity Pulman’s passion is ...Read Article

Writing the Legend Anew: James Wilde’s Hereward Series

James Wilde’s aim was clear from the very beginning of his Hereward series, set in England in the bloody aftermath of the ...Read Article

Billy the Kid: Ron Hansen on Legend Versus Reality

Ron Hansen’s novels illustrate his reinvention of Western historical fiction by painting a more factually realistic interpretation of it. That has certainly ...Read Article

Fly Past: Writing Brings the Sacrifices & Dreams of the Past to Life

An elderly woman holding on to a secret from her past, one that leaves behind a trail of pain and regret — that was ...Read Article

Starting Afresh: a National & Personal Quest for Identity & Healing

The Translation of Love (Transworld / Doubleday, 2016) by Lynne Kutsukake is a moving story which highlights a difficult time in Japan’s history: the ...Read Article

The Changing Notion of the “Historical Novelist”: An Interview with Tracy Chevalier

Those who’ve read Tracy Chevalier’s novels will know that setting, period and subject matter vary considerably from book to book. That ...Read Article

Conjuring the Inner Voice: Dinitia Smith on Her Literary Heroine, George Eliot

One of the greatest challenges of fiction is to dare to step inside a great figure of the past, to relive their experiences, ...Read Article

What’s Past Is Prologue: Shakespeare as Author of Historical Fiction

In the 400th anniversary year of Shakespeare’s death, Charlotte Wightwick talks to James Shapiro about his latest book, 1606: Shakespeare and The Year ...Read Article

Reclaiming the Novel from the Cutting Room Floor: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny

Justin Hill describes himself as a writer who finds his story as he writes, but when he was approached to write the novel ...Read Article