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The Modest Biographer: John Aubrey

Ruth Scurr’s new biography takes an innovative form – although being a lecturer, at Cambridge, she is hesitant to admit to doing anything so dangerous as innovation.  Nonetheless, it is innovative and she may well have just launched a new vogue in … Continue reading

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Commemorating the First World War in Fiction

We will remember them. Commemorating the First World War in fiction. BY LUCINDA BYATT, M.K. TOD & EMMA CAZABONNE Memory and storytelling, the art of bringing past events alive, are arguably among the most powerful drivers of historical fiction. Recent … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Jane Howard: a short tribute

It was with great sadness that I heard this afternoon of the death of a wonderful writer whose work I really only got to know well recently through writing an interview for a forthcoming issue of the Historical Novels Review. I … Continue reading

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Bánffy’s Transylvanian Trilogy on 2013 Notable Fiction List

It’s that time of year (again) and The Washington Post has published its “Notable Fiction of 2013” list (here).  A tweet from Arcadia highlighted the fact that Miklos Bánffy’s Transylvanian Trilogy is on the list, quite a feat for a book … Continue reading

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