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The Intriguing History of Fort St George by David Ebsworth

Today I welcome David Ebsworth to my blog to tell us about one of the fascinating buildings he came across...
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On the Record – The Permanence of History through Fiction #amwriting

  "Language is very powerful. Language does not just describe reality. Language creates the reality it describes." - Desmond Tutu...
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‘Changing the dream’ – An interview with author Joan Schweighardt #ecology

I am thrilled to welcome Joan Schweighardt, author of The River Series to my blog today, to talk about her...
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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...
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Death in Delft by Graham Brack – a #17thCentury murder mystery

This is the first Master Mercurius novel I’ve read, but it won’t be the last. Set in the immaculately detailed...
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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...
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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...
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Historical Fiction – the joy of writing extraordinary commoners

I've just started a new book and after quite a bit of research, this is the first week of actually...
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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...
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Ten authors you should know about, who write about the 17th Century #HistFic

The Seventeenth Century is undergoing a bit of a revival, with best-selling authors like Philippa Gregory and Tracy Borman, all...
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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...
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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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