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Hamilton: when historical truth is more interesting than musical fiction

Posted on: 11/10/2016 with tags: American Revolution, author blog, Elizabeth Cobbs, Hamilton, historical fiction, historical novel, American Revolution, Georgian

Elizabeth  Cobbs, author of The Hamilton Affair reveals that, whilst the hit musical Hamilton may tell a good tale, the marital histories of the real-life Schuyler sisters were even more intriguing. In the brilliant new musical Hamilton, Angelica Schuyler shocks viewers by admitting that her sexy brother-in-law’s fiery intellect—and tight military uniform—set her “e’vry part aflame.” But duty calls. When she and her sister Eliza meet the penniless West Indian upstart, Angelica shrewdly, if reluc…

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Jo Liddiard reviews A Death at Fountains Abbey

Posted on: 18/08/2016 with tags: A death at fountains abbey, antonia hodgson, Book review, historical crime, historical fiction, The Devil in the Marshalsea, Georgian

I’ve been a huge fan of Antonia’s since I was spellbound by THE DEVIL IN THE MARSHALSEA, and so to see Thomas Hawkins and his various associates back for a third time is a real treat for me. Not least because this novel sees them transported away from the grimy, crime-riddled streets, gambling dens and chop houses of London to supposedly more gentile Yorkshire and Studley Hall and Fountains Abbey. What this book, as with THE DEVIL IN THE MARSHALSEA and THE LAST CONFESSION OF THOMAS HAWKINS, does…

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Antonia Hodgson on Street-Level History

Posted on: 15/08/2016 with tags: antonia hodgson, author blog, fiction, historical crime, historical fiction, Georgian

I write about the early Georgians. Someone has to. I confess I stole that punchline from Bill Bryson. But it’s true – it’s a neglected period. Hardly any-one writes fiction set in the early to mid 1700s. Is it the wigs? The Whigs? (Now that’s my kind of joke – historically accurate, and not very funny.) Historical fiction tends to draw on the great stories of wars and monarchs. Henry VIII’s life has moved beyond history to the point of myth – and like all great myths, can be told over and over w…

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Review of The Butcher’s Hook by Janet Ellis

Posted on: 18/02/2016 with tags: 18th century, janet ellis, Reviews, the butcher's hook, Georgian

From the start Janet Ellis’ The Butcher’s Hook draws you in to the sights, sounds, smells and textures of Georgian London – be they pleasant or unpleasant. It is an incredibly sensory book – as you walk the streets of London with Anne, to Leveners, to see Fub, the butcher’s apprentice you feel as if you are with her. And Anne is an amazing central character. Determined to say the least – and prioritising her own happiness and future, whatever the cost. Even as it says in the blurb, it means she…

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