Tag Archives: Hilary Mantel

“Planted thick with Rumour”: Hilary Mantel’s Bring up the Bodies

A shorter version of this interview is published in HNR, May 2012  (and online at the HISTORICAL NOVEL SOCIETY website) “The border between truth and lies is permeable and blurred because it is planted thick with rumour”: Lucinda Byatt talks … Continue reading

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Italian historical novels result in animated discussion

Thanks to Rita Charbonnier for drawing my attention to this great discussion among fans of Italian historical novels and four authors – at the moment of writing this, there have been a total of 428 comments! It was a real … Continue reading

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Historical Fiction on 2009 Booker Longlis

I heard the Booker Longlist being read out last night by Jim Naughtie and Locasta Miller on Front Row.  Although it seems an impossible task, whittling 132 novels down to the “baker’s dozen” longlist of just 13, here are the … Continue reading

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Excellent BBC programme to mark 14 July: “Terror: Robespierre and the French Revolution”

I was transfixed by this excellent programme with its interweaving voices of historians and philosophers (Simon Schama and Slavoj Zizek offer very different interpretations of the Jacobin Revolutionary mindset), other commentators and the prize-winning novelist Hilary Mantel – whose novel … Continue reading

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