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The Central Park Five: A reflection

Posted on: 04/07/2019 with tags: author blog, history, 20th Century

The case of the Central Park Five is being revisited with a new acclaimed Netflix limited series on the subject, When They See Us, directed by Ava DuVernay. About the book: This is the only book that is going to tell you all you need to know about one of the most infamous criminal cases in American history. A trial that, thirty years on, still bears a striking, and unsettling, resemblance to our current political climate in the era of President Donald Trump. In April 1989, a white woman who came…

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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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Sandringham House, where the Royal Family celebrate Christmas: an insider’s view from 1956

Posted on: 23/11/2018 with tags: hugo vickers, queen mary, quest for queen mary, royal christmas, Royal family, sandringham, 20th Century, British History, English History, Royal Family

When James Pope-Hennessy began his work on Queen Mary’s official biography in 1956, it opened the door to meetings with royalty, court members and retainers around Europe. The series of candid observations, secrets and indiscretions contained in his notes were to be kept private for 50 years. Now published in full for the first time and edited by the highly admired royal biographer Hugo Vickers, The Quest for Queen Mary is a riveting, often hilarious portrait of the eccentric aristocracy of a by…

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H.B. Lyle: Fiction to fact to fiction – finding nuggets in the archive

Posted on: 21/08/2018 with tags: author blog, crime fiction, espionage, historical crime, historical fiction, Sherlock Holmes, 20th Century, British History, English History, European

It’s perhaps the most dreaded question in the author Q&A: where do you get your ideas from? Setting aside Arthur Miller’s famous response (‘I wish I knew, I’d go there more often’) this is perhaps an easier question for the historical novelist to answer than those working in other genres. For inspiration, we only have to look into the history books. And this is so often the way of things – authors find out versions of what happened then transmute and change and reimagine then in the form of…

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