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Building Blocks of Historical Fiction no 3 – Art and Artifice #HistFic

What does historical novel give you that film or television doesn't? The answer is a total and intimate immersion. The...
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Morecambe Winter Gardens – a labour of love

I've just been on a guided tour of Morecambe Winter Gardens. Its not the first time I've visited, but it...
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The Victorian Sickroom – a guest post by Charlotte Betts

I'm delighted to welcome  Charlotte Betts to my blog today, with her lovely informative article on the Victorian sickroom. Charlotte...
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My cold weather reading: ‘After the Fire’ and ‘Those Who Know’

Here in the North West, we've had a sudden change of the weather from tropical to arctic, meaning my lockdown...
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Building Blocks of Historical Fiction no 2 – Suspicion versus Suspense #HistFic

Often writers think that in order to convey mystery, or to keep the reader in suspense, they must withhold information....
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Review – Sex and Sexuality in Stuart Britain by Andrea Zuvich #SexyStuarts

Sex and Sexuality in Stuart Britain by Andrea Zuvich - Review As many of you know, I've had an abiding...
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Tom Williams – ‘Burke in the Land of Silver’ #spies #Argentina

Tom Williams is the author of several historical novels, including The White Rajah' which I really enjoyed. 'Burke in the...
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Recent Recommended Reads Private Lives by JG Harlond and Daughters Of India by Jill McGivering

With lockdown in progress, and my new book just finished, I've made time for plenty of reading this month. Here...
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Bob Robbins Home Front Mysteries – J.G Harlond on writing about life in wartime England

I'm delighted to welcome J.G Harlond today, for a post about memory and research, and the writing of her cosy...
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The Road to Liberation – Excerpt from ‘Stolen Childhood’ #WW2 #WWII

To mark 75 years since the world celebrated the end of WW2, I'm delighted to host an excerpt from Marion...
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The Gossip’s Choice, an interview with Sara Read #midwifery #17thCentury

Welcome to Sara Read, whose new book The Gossip's Choice is out next week. As a fellow enthusiast for the...
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Recommended Historical Reads for wet Tuesdays #TuesdayBookBlog

The Silken Rose by Carol McGrath Married at only thirteen years old to a King she has never met, Ailenor...
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Interview with Mary Anne Yarde – Saints, Standing Stones and an Ancient Curse

I'm delighted to welcome Mary Anne Yarde to my blog today. Mary Anne is the multi award-winning author of the International Bestselling...
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Ailenor of Provence and Queenship by Carol McGrath #medieval

I'm delighted to welcome historian and novelist Carol McGrath to my blog today, to tell us about the concept of...
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The String’s the Thing – Manet and fashion by Drema Drudge #art #historicalfiction

I'm delighted to welcome Drema Drudge to my blog today to talk about Manet's models and their clothing, which feature...
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Review: The Bleak Midwinter by L C Tyler

The fifth John Grey historical mystery 1668. John Grey is now a Justice of the Peace and lives in the...
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A Place in the World by Amy Maroney – review

This is the last in the series and I'm sad to see it end. I thoroughly enjoyed this dual time-line...
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17th Century Witchcraft by L C Tyler

Accusations In 1664, in Bury St Edmunds, the judge Sir Matthew Hale* - great lawyer but ‘as gullible as the...
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Spotlight on Tony Riches’ new novel ‘Katherine – Tudor Duchess’

  Attractive, wealthy and influential, Katherine Willoughby is one of the most unusual ladies of the Tudor court. A favourite...
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New Release! Silent Water by P K Adams – the Cracow Royal Court

My new historical mystery Silent Water is a personal project in a way that my other writing has not been....
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