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

An Enigma: Bletchley Park as Setting for Lucy Ribchester’s The Amber Shadow

Bletchley Park encompasses a collection of basic huts, a small late Victorian Gothic mansion, and a stable block and cottages on a 58-acre ...Read Article

Weathering the Storm: Alison Case Sets Nelly Dean’s Own Story Straight

A literary critic once wrote that the careful balance of characters in Emily Brontë’s renowned work, Wuthering Heights, was divided between “children ...Read Article

Drawn to Fiction: Janet Todd’s A Man of Genius

Janet Todd is a distinguished academic and literary historian.1 Now retired, she lives for part of the year in Venice. What, I wondered, ...Read Article

The Red Pencil: Elizabeth Camden’s Beyond All Dreams

Cindy Vallar analyzes the work behind published manuscripts. In this issue, she profiles Elizabeth Camden’s Beyond All Dreams. Don’t tell me ...Read Article

A Fantastical Depiction: Guy Saville’s Alternative Histories

There is a character in Guy Saville’s The Madagaskar Plan (Hodder & Stoughton, 2016) whose name we never learn. Although his nom de ...Read Article