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Fantastic praise for THE DEVIL IN THE MARSHALSEA

Posted on: 26/03/2014 with tags: antonia hodgson, crime fiction, debut novel, historical crime, historical fiction, historical novel, The Devil in the Marshalsea

Last night we went to the launch party for Antonia Hodgson’s brilliant debut historical crime novel, THE DEVIL IN THE MARSHALSEA. We drank wine, ate delicious canapes, and had a great time discussing imprisonment, murder and filthy swearing in 18th century London.   Antonia’s editor made a great speech, and we all raised our glasses to her and to the wonderful THE DEVIL IN THE MARSHALSEA, which we’re thrilled to be publishing in hardcover and eBook tomorrow. But it’s not…

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PLAGUE LAND: Author S D SYKES on the effects of the Black Death

Posted on: 25/03/2014 with tags: author blog, BBC, Black Death, historical fiction, historical novel, history, plague, plague land, Plantagenets, s d sykes

Last night I watched, with great interest, The Plantagenets on BBC2, presented by Professor Robert Bartlett. After the castle-building exploits of Edward I and the red-hot-poker-up-the backside story of Edward II, we were approaching that part of English history which fascinates me above all others. The Black Death. Now, I’m a great fan of Professor Bartlett. In fact his series, Inside The Medieval Mind, inspired my novel PLAGUE LAND, so I was very eager to hear his opinions on the Black Death a…

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Ask Antonia Hodgson, author of THE DEVIL IN THE MARSHALSEA

Posted on: 24/03/2014 with tags: antonia hodgson, ask the author, author interview, crime fiction, debut novel, historical crime, historical fiction, The Devil in the Marshalsea, Twitter Q&A

On Thursday we publish Antonia Hodgson’s brilliant debut historical crime novel, THE DEVIL IN THE MARSHALSEA. Authors such as Jeffery Deaver and Maria McCann have been captivated by Antonia’s storytelling, and the Daily Express claims that the ‘detail and atmosphere’ of her writing ‘rivals Dickens’! We’re thrilled that Antonia is going to be joining us for a Q&A session on Twitter on Friday afternoon (28th March) at 3pm. For half an hour, Antonia will talk…

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Boats, Beasts and Boots – Getting Around in the Ancient World

Posted on: 27/02/2014 with tags: ancient history, ancient rome, author blog, Cassius Corbulo, historical fiction, Nick Brown, The Far Shore

by Nick Brown Setting out on my third outing with Cassius and friends, I was keen to see the trio on the ocean wave and in THE FAR SHORE they depart from Rhodes on what soon becomes a perilous sea journey. Sailing was often a frightening prospect for the ancients but offered comparatively speedy access to distant locations. For the rest of the time, most had no other choice but to walk or ride. During the second book – THE IMPERIAL BANNER – Cassius, his servant Simo and his bodyguard Indavara us…

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How to research an historical novel – by Rebecca Mascull

Posted on: 20/02/2014 with tags: debut author, debut novel, historical fiction, historical novel, historical research, Kent, Rebecca Mascull, The Visitors, writing

THE VISITORS is not the first historical novel I have written. I practised the craft by spending three years writing a World War II drama set in both London and Poland, which sadly did not find a publisher (yet who knows, perhaps one day I might resurrect it …). That was the first piece of historical fiction I had attempted and, my word, what a huge learning curve it was. I learnt by doing, by trial and error, accident and inspiration. I found out what worked for me, what took too long an…

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Could the Black Death happen again? – by S D Sykes

Posted on: 30/01/2014 with tags: Black Death, contagion, death, debut novel, disease, England, historical fiction, history, Madagaskar, plague, plague land, s d sykes

An article concerned with the Bubonic Plague in this week’s online Lancet has led others to ask – could the Black Death grip the world in another deadly pandemic – as it has done on three previous occasions? In other words should we start panicking? Stocking up on bottled water and tinned beans? Building underground shelters, armed fortresses and mass graves? The Black Death is such an emotive term, conjuring up death-by-boils, greasy black rats and peculiar men posing as doctors in sinister bea…

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A Long-Held Secret: My Clandestine work in the WAAF, by Claire Lorrimer

Posted on: 30/01/2014 with tags: Battle of Britain, Claire Lorrimer, flying, radar, second world war, secret history, secret service, WAAF, Winston Churchill

Wednesday, September 12th, 2013 – an important date for me, as the secret work in Radar that I and my fellow WAAFS carried out for five long years of the Second World War was finally being recognised. This was the day that Prince Charles opened the new Battle of Britain museum at Bentley Priory: a commemoration of the work of all those who saved the country from invasion in the early years of the war. This January the museum is for the first time open to the public, and you can find more informa…

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