Two contrasting novels of the 17th century #HistFic

I am always fascinated by the different writing styles that conjure an era, and these two contrasting books prove that there is no one style to bring an era to life. Both books are great reads and I recommend them. Traitor’s Knot by Cryssa Bazos This is a...

Three great books on The Great Fire of London

Rebecca Rideal – 1666 Plague, War and Hellfire For most of my research books I prefer hard copy, and this is a brilliantly and evocatively written hardback, beautifully produced. Here’s are some of the the opening sentences to whet your appetite:...

Historical Fiction – The Dark Lady’s Mask by Mary Sharratt

It is a brave writer that sets out to tackle anything about William Shakespeare and how he wrote his plays. Even more so when the author posits the idea that Shakespeare relied on a female poet as his collaborator. I dare say the novel will have its detractors,...