Tag Archives: historical fiction

A Tribute to Helen Dunmore. The Moment: Gone Forever, but also Here, Now

I was very saddened to read of Helen Dunmore’s death earlier this month and I wanted to republish this (rather long) interview that describes our meeting in Edinburgh, back in 2008.  I can still picture her sitting in the Signing … Continue reading

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Translating a genre: the Historical Novel

This article was published in Historical Novels Review (Issue 65, August 2013, pp.10-11); see link here  Language is key to discovering other countries and communities and sharing their lives in the present, not to say centuries ago. We can, of … Continue reading

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A Fabulous Account of Seventeenth-Century Food: John Saturnall’s Feast by Lawrence Norfolk

Some months ago I was delighted to receive Lawrence Norfolk’s latest book – for which special thanks to Carole Blake, his agent, who I met in London at the HNS Conference last September. My short piece (which is reproduced below) … Continue reading

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The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

I was asked whether I would like to take part in this game of blogger’s tig by Margaret Skea, whose first novel Turn of the Tide was published just before Christmas by Capercaillie Books.  I went to Margaret’s launch at … Continue reading

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