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Never A Cross Word – The history of crosswords with Liz Harris

I'm thrilled to welcome Liz Harris to my blog today to enlighten us about crosswords. Over to Liz! If you heard someone claim that in their relationship that they’d never had a cross word, you’d raise your eyebrows in disbelief. ‘Pull the other one!’ you’d exclaim. At...

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Author in Search of a Character – Why James Burke?

I'm delighted to Welcome Tom Williams to my Blog today to tell us about how he came to write the Burke series, described succinctly by Paul Collard as 'James Bond in Breeches.' Over to Tom: Why James Burke? Would it make any sense to say I did it for the money? If I'm...

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Introverts and Extroverts in Historical Fiction

I recently came on a discussion in a facebook group about introverts and extroverts in fiction. (Sorry to whoever started this thread; I can't find it again now!) But it really made me stop and think, because as a reader I have always been a fan of what I call ‘quiet...

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Fortune’s Hand – a novel of Walter Ralegh

  I knew nothing about Walter Ralegh, except the legends I'd been told at school; about how he lay down his cloak for Queen Elizabeth I. Was this legend true? Read more here on History Extra to find out. In his novel, Fortune's Hand, R N Morris treats us to a...

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Two books with #WW2 connections

Of Darkness and Light is an engaging mystery of art and artists set in WW2 Norway. Heidi Eljarbo has certainly given herself a challenge - to write two historical periods in one novel which flow seamlessly from one to another, but the narrative works well and the two...

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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 is more than five years since my last visit. Morecambe Winter Gardens was a place of music hall entertainment, with a grand ballroom next door, and was designed to...

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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 Betts is a multi-award-winning author of romantic historical novels and draws inspiration from the stories of strong women at turning...

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