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Extract: Women of The Dunes by Sarah Maine

Posted on: 27/03/2019 with tags: extract, historical fiction, history, scottish history

Waterstone’s Scottish Book of the Month, Women of The Dunes is now out in paperback. We are delighted to share an extract of the first chapter: Chapter 1 Ullaness, 2012, Libby When Libby Snow finally arrived, darkness was already falling. She decided to park the car anyway and walk out onto the narrow spit of land. The tide was well in and the only sound was that of the waves as they crept, hissing over the sand to the line of seaweed which marked the tide’s turning point. Not an engine, not a v…

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True or False? Anna of Kleve Quiz

Posted on: 11/03/2019 with tags: alison weir, Anna of Kleve, henry viii, Quiz, Six Tudor Queens, Tudor

For publication of the fourth book in the bestselling Six Tudor Queens series Alison Weir has created this special True or False quiz about Anna of Kleve. Anna of Kleve True or False quiz Henry VIII went incognito to meet Anna of Kleve when she arrived in England.TrueFalseAnna was a Protestant.TrueFalseHenry called Anna a 'Flanders mare'.TrueFalseHenry complained about Anna wearing German dress.TrueFalseAnna complained to the ambassador of Kleve about Henry's pursuit of Katheryn H…

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Death’s Bondsman – Karen Maitland

Posted on: 05/03/2019 with tags: ankow, Death Bondsman, Gathering of Ghosts, karen maitland, Medieval

‘The echoes of the ghosts still whispered and sang through the cave. I turned to look back at the towering rocks. A red-orange glow danced and flickered through the crevices. The villagers said that whenever the heart of the tor was burning in the darkness it meant Ankow was riding up to the rocks on his skeleton horse, carrying the souls of those who had died. The fire would burn until dawn, and any who were awake in those parts would see the glow of those flames and tremble, afeared that, befo…

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H for History Rooftop Bookclub – 19th March 2019

Posted on: 14/02/2019 with tags: alison weir, Anna Mazzola, hb lyle, robyn young, Rooftop Bookclub, SD Skyes, simon scarrow, Sonia Velton, tracy borman

Find out more about the authors featuring in our H for History Rooftop Bookclub on 19th March, sponsored by BBC History. Find out more about the event. Tickets available here. This sensational evening features eight of the best historical fiction authors. Women in History: Hosted by Anna Mazzola: Anna Mazzola’s first novel, THE UNSEEING, was published to critical acclaim in 2016. She is a criminal justice solicitor and lives in South East London with her husband and two children. Longlisted for…

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Extract: A Capitol Death by Lindsey Davis

Posted on: 08/02/2019 with tags: extract, Roman

Private Invesitgator Flavia Albia is back in Lindsey Davis’s next gripping and witty mystery set in Ancient Rome, A Capitol Death. Publishing in April 2019, we are delighted to share a sneak-peek extract of the first chapter: A Capitol Death by Lindsey Davis Rome: the Capitoline Hill, November ad 89 Chapter 1 Domitian was back. I state this in completely neutral language. Your slave must read it out to you with no hint of judgement. Even if  he or she is a highly educated, clever specimen, who c…

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An Interview with Betty Foster – The background to Jennifer Robson’s THE GOWN

Posted on: 07/02/2019 with tags: Jennifer Robson, Queen Elizabeth II, The Gown, 20th Century

The Gown is an enthralling historical novel about one of the most famous wedding dresses of the twentieth century – Queen Elizabeth’s wedding gown – and the fascinating women who made it. In February 2017 Jennifer Robson, the author  had the good fortune to interview Mrs. Betty Foster, one of the four seamstresses who helped to create Princess Elizabeth’s wedding gown in 1947. “The following passages are only a brief sample of our hours-long conversation, which took place at her home in the sout…

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Chinese New Year: A Feast for the Gods and Family by Yangsze Choo

Posted on: 05/02/2019

Lunar new year is upon us, and I’m almost ready. That is, if one can prepare for several days of non-stop eating and visiting relatives. This year’s lunar new year falls on February 5, which is uncomfortably close to the excesses of Christmas and New Year’s, when I told myself sternly that I must stop drinking bubble tea and do more push ups. “You could just do things in moderation,” my husband pointed out mildly. Clearly he had no idea of the true crazy scope of this festival. The lunar new yea…

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H for History welcomes… Jodi Taylor

Posted on: 05/02/2019 with tags: Jodi Taylor, St Mary's Chronicles

Hi, my name is Jodi Taylor and I’m an author. I’m also a chocoholic, easily confused, clumsy and with the attention span of a – what was I saying? People ask me how and why I started to write. The short answer is – I was bored. After long, long years in local government, I retired to Turkey – as you do. Typically, after many years hard work for a pitifully small remuneration, no sooner could I legitimately sit in the sun with a glass of something in one hand, and a paperback in the other, than I…

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The World of Blackberry and Wild Rose by Sonia Velton

Posted on: 09/01/2019

History buffs, get excited. Sonia Velton, author of Blackberry and Wild Rose, is about to take you on a tour of Eighteenth Century Spitalfields and the Huguenot silk weavers who lived there… Take a walk through the streets of Spitalfields and you can still see and feel the presence of the Huguenot silk weavers.  They are there in the wooden spools hanging from the weavers’ houses, they are there in the shadows of the eighteenth century sundial on what was once La Neuve Église, and they echo th…

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Scandal in the Seymours by Alison Weir

Posted on: 09/01/2019 with tags: alison weir, henry viii, Jane Seymour, Six Tudor Queens, six wives, The Seymours, Tudor

It appears likely that there was some kind of scandal in Jane Seymour’s family before she came to court. By 1519, her brother Edward had married an heiress called Catherine Fillol. She bore two sons, John in 1527 and Edward in 1529, then seems to have retired to a convent. Mysteriously, her father, Sir William Fillol, in his will of 1527, directed that ‘for many diverse causes and considerations’, neither Catherine ‘nor her heirs of her body, nor Sir Edward Seymour her husband in any wise’ were…

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