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The World’s Smallest Dog With The Biggest Heart

Posted on: 16/05/2019

Smoky the Brave is the extraordinary, touching and true story of a heroic dog and her adoptive masters in the jungles of the Pacific War. It’s out in hardback on 11th July and available to pre-order now: https://amzn.to/2VvZU3X   Here’s  a piece from Damien about what drew him to telling Smoky’s story…   Smoky’s story is a fascinating and gripping one, as much because the tiny little hero of a dog was such an enigma right until after the war had ended. As Churchill famously once said…

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A Celebration of the Apollo Program in Books

Posted on: 18/04/2019 with tags: 50, Apollo, Astronaut Wives Club, book club, books, celebrating, NASA, Space, Zack Scott, 20th Century

From October 2018 through to December 2022, NASA will be marking the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Program that landed a dozen Americans on the moon between July 1969 and December 1972. To celebrate, we’ve pulled together our favourite titles that salute space travel and the people that helped achieve this series of marvellous human feats.     APOLLO Zack Scott www.amazon.co.uk/Apollo Explore the iconic Apollo space missions and moon landings through these stunning infographics and da…

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Alison Weir on The Curse of the Hungerfords

Posted on: 04/04/2019 with tags: alison weir, Anna of Kleve, Anne Bassett, Anne of Cleves, Curse of the Hungerfords, henry viii, Six Tudor Queens, Tudor

It’s always a pleasure to choose subjects for the e-shorts that accompany my Six Tudor Queens novels. There are so many options, some of them not so well known, and the latter are gifts to a historical novelist because they offer more scope for creativity. I chose Anne Bassett as the subject of one of the e-shorts to go with Anna of Kleve, Queen of Secrets. Anne served Anna, as she had Jane Seymour; indeed, she served all Henry VIII’s last four queens. Anne herself was more than once rumoured to…

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Lindsey Davis: Why write about Rome?

Posted on: 01/04/2019 with tags: ancient rome, author blog, Flavia Albia, Romans

SO WHY THE ROMANS, LINDSEY??? Sometimes people ask me, why Rome? To me, there’s at least one simple answer. Consider the picture on the left hand-side – taken by Chris Astles when I was in Nantwich, one snowy January, marketing my English Civil War Book at the Holy Holly Day festival. Note the full complement of winter garments! Perhaps the only grimmer photo in my portfolio was this (if they let me show you), taken by my trusty agent as Team Lindsey were setting off for our traditional Christma…

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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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