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SD Sykes: Crime and Plague

Posted on: 12/05/2015 with tags: historical crime, historical fiction, plague, plague land, plagueland, sd sykes, Medieval

SD Sykes on Crime and PlagueMurder in a time of death.You might wonder why I chose to set my debut novel Plague Land, a story of murder, against the backdrop of a plague. And not just an ordinary plague… the Black Death, the worst demographic disaster the world has ever seen. A plague that’s estimated to have killed roughly half the people in Europe. Would a murder have mattered at this time? With so many dead already, would anybody have cared about yet another death?To be honest, at the height…

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Antonia Hodgson on her title The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins

Posted on: 10/10/2014 with tags: antonia hodgson, eighteenth century, historical crime, historical fiction, London, The Devil in the Marshalsea, the last confession of thomas hawkins, title reveal, Tom Hawkins, Medieval

One of the highlights of this year has been the publication of THE DEVIL IN THE MARSHALSEA by Antonia Hodgson. The hardcover garnered brilliant reviews in the press, from bloggers and fellow authors and Antonia won the Historical Dagger Award and has been shortlisted for the John Creasey Dagger for Best Debut Crime Novel of 2014. The paperback has been selected for both the Richard and Judy and Waterstones Book Clubs.  Antonia has been hard at work on her second historical crime novel to feature…

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A Very Medieval Christmas by S.D. Sykes

Posted on: 19/12/2013 with tags: carols, history, Medieval, plague land, sd sykes

Growing up in the 1970s, I remember a lot of fuss about the true meaning of Christmas – a reaction to the rapid commercialisation of the festival. But what is the true meaning of Christmas? Really? As I get older and become increasingly disheartened by our long and dark winters, I can easily see why our ancestors wanted to celebrate something, anything in fact, at this dismal point in the year. For those last two weeks in December are different to any others in the calendar. The sun is low and m…

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The peasants are revolting . . . by S.D. Sykes

Posted on: 18/09/2013 with tags: Black Death, peasants revolt, plague, plague land, s d sykes, the butcher bird, Medieval

I love the patterns in history. The reflection of our own times in distant ages. The idea that the narrative never really changes, only the cast. Earlier this week a “tough stance” was announced on benefit fraud – which seems to have given rise to the usual rhetoric on phone-ins, websites and newspapers. Dependency culture, scroungers, single mothers, feral children, forty fags a day… plasma televisions. It brings to mind something I read recently while researching my second book The Butcher Bir…

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