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Triumphs of the Table: The Final of The Great British Bake Off

Posted on: 08/10/2014 with tags: An Appetite for Violets, author blog, historical fiction, historical novel, Martine Bailey, The Great British Bake Off, The Penny Heart

This week it is the ultimate test on The Great British Bake Off. It’s the grand final between three astonishingly good bakers: Richard, Luis and Nancy. The challenges have not been announced, but there is little doubt it will involve something very large and architectural. We may imagine that the trend for man-size towers of croquembouche or gingerbread houses you could happily inhabit, are new phenomenon – but as ever, history is merely repeating itself. In Britain a fashion for sculptural food…

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Antonia Hodgson interviews S D Sykes

Posted on: 25/09/2014 with tags: antonia hodgson, author blog, author interview, ben hur, Black Death, debut author, historical crime, historical fiction, historical novel, medieval england, plague, plague land, s d sykes, The Devil in the Marshalsea

To celebrate the publication of PLAGUE LAND, the debut historical crime novel by S D Sykes, today we are publishing an exclusive interview between her and one of our other brilliant historical novelists, Antonia Hodgson. In the interview these two writers discuss historical inspirations, what it’s like to write a debut novel, research, favourite historical novels and much more! PLAGUE LAND really captures the atmosphere of a world turned upside down. What first drew you into this world and…

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Buy My Wares – The Great British Bake Off Week Eight

Posted on: 24/09/2014 with tags: An Appetite for Violets, author blog, baking, cakes, historical fiction, history, Martine Bailey, The Great British Bake Off, The Penny Heart

The fruited breads and doughnut challenges on this week’s episode of The Great British Bake Off recall the great British tradition of street food. For centuries fruited bready buns were the staple of street hawkers, crying their wares or singing early advertising jingles like the ‘Sally Lunn bun’ song of Bath: ‘No more I heed the muffin zest, The Yorkshire cake or bun,  Sweet Muse of Pastry teach me how,To make a Sally Lunn.’ Doughnuts too, have a history of being outdoor food long before Krispy…

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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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