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S D Sykes interviews Antonia Hodgson

Posted on: 23/09/2014 with tags: antonia hodgson, author blog, author interview, crime fiction, debut author, debut novel, English History, georgian england, historical crime, historical fiction, historical novel, plague land, s d sykes, the black death, The Devil in the Marshalsea, the plague

We’ve written (and tweeted) a lot about how much we love the fact that all our brilliant authors get along, read each others novels, support each other at events and online. A few months ago, wonderful debut novelists Martine Bailey and Rebecca Mascull interviewed each other for our blog, and now it’s the turn of S D Sykes and Antonia Hodgson, two more talented debut historical crime novelists we are thrilled to publish at Hodder. This week sees the publication of PLAGUE LAND, S D Sy…

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Eaten Cake Is Soon Forgotten – The Great British Bake Off Week Six

Posted on: 10/09/2014 with tags: An Appetite for Violets, author blog, baking, cake, historical fiction, historical novel, historical recipes, Martine Bailey, Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood, recipes, taffety tart, The Great British Bake Off, The Penny Heart

This week on The Great British Bake Off, Paul and Mary challenge the contestants to bake a continental cake – a Germanic Gugelhupf, fluorescent green Swedish Princess Cake, and a showstopper of Hungarian layered Dobostorta. So where are the British equivalents to these symbols of national pride? ‘Eaten cake is soon forgotten,’ says an old proverb, and so it seems in the case of British bakery. Grand Tourist, George, Lord Lyttelton,1762, summed up his patriotic fondness for cakes when  he wrote f…

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THE DEVIL IN THE MARSHALSEA is a Richard & Judy Book Club pick for Autumn!

Posted on: 28/08/2014 with tags: antonia hodgson, book club, crime fiction, debut novel, historical crime, historical fiction, Marshalsea Prison, reading group, Richard & Judy, Richard & Judy Book Club, The Devil in the Marshalsea, Tom Hawkins, WHSmith

The latest selection of titles for the Richard & Judy Autumn Book Club has been announced, and we’re thrilled that Antonia Hodgson’s debut novel, THE DEVIL IN THE MARSHALSEA, a gripping and compelling work of historical crime, is among them! Click here to read Richard and Judy’s reviews of the book, and to find out more.  You can also follow Antonia Hodgson on Twitter, like her Facebook page and visit her website.

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Trifling with Cake and Custard – The Great British Bake Off Week Four

Posted on: 27/08/2014 with tags: An Appetite for Violets, author blog, Clandestine Cake Club, historical fiction, Martine Bailey, The Great British Bake Off, The Penny Heart, trifle

It is Desserts week on The Great British Bake Off and the contestants might do well to remember that ‘Desserts’ spells ‘Stressed’ backwards. The episode’s grand finale is Baked Alaska, a tricky temperature challenge; to bake ice cream in a crisp hot meringue… A simpler test is to bake a tiramisu cake, an Italian development of English trifle, or Zuppa Inglese as the Italians call it. Trifle is, of course, a quintessentially British dessert; the only dessert from a typical eighteenth centu…

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