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Mons Kallentoft on Sweden’s own ‘JFK moment’

Posted on: 19/11/2013 with tags: 11.22.63, assassination, author blog, Autumn Killing, book giveaway, competition, conspiracy theories, historical fiction, history, JFK, Malin Fors, Midwinter Sacrifice, Mons Kallentoft, Olof Palme, prizes, rewrite history, Savage Spring, Stephen King, Summertime Death, translated crime, translated fiction

As we posted yesterday, this week on the blog it’s all about John F. Kennedy, the events of 22nd November 1963, and rewriting history. Here, Swedish crime-writing phenomenon Mons Kallentoft tells us about Sweden’s own JFK moment, and how it led to an explosion of internationally-bestselling crime fiction. When Olof Palme was gunned down on a street in central Stockholm in 1986, just a few hundred meters from where I sit writing this now, there were only two television channels in Sweden. B…

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Rewriting History

Posted on: 18/11/2013 with tags: 11.22.63, alternate history, anniversaries, assassination, author blog, book giveaway, competition, conspiracy theories, historical fiction, history, JFK, Lee Harvey Oswald, prizes, rewrite history, Stephen King

This Friday, 22nd November, will be the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Over the past couple of weeks, the British press has been full of articles about the event itself, the aftermath, the various conspiracies surrounding it, and, of course, how different the world might be had Kennedy survived. Last year, Hodder & Stoughton published Stephen King’s 11.22.63, in which the author imagines what it would be like to prevent JFK’s assassination. We thought we…

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HAPPY UN-BIRTHDAY, ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON – by Nancy Horan

Posted on: 12/11/2013 with tags: author blog, birthday, historical fiction, history, Nancy Horan, Robert Louis Stevenson, Scotland, Treasure Island

Today is Robert Louis Stevenson’s birthday. How I wish that I could sit down and celebrate it with him. Since embarking on a novel about him five years ago, I have come to think of him as the one man in history with whom I’d most enjoy spending a day. He was admired in his own time as a brilliant, hilarious, and provocative conversationalist. Could we manage to communicate across the 120-year gap since his death in 1894? What would he think of our world? I suspect he’d have strong opinions about…

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