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Adele Parks reveals the real-life inspiration behind her novel If You Go Away

Posted on: 19/11/2015 with tags: adele parks, author, first world war, historical novel, if you go away, inspiration, novelist

People are always interested in knowing where novelists get their ideas; I think the most honest answer is everywhere and anywhere. When I started to write If You Go Away, I had a very clear idea as to who my heroine Vivian was (a strong-willed, sexually curious yet naïve debutante, who was basically born before her time and going to get into trouble for it); however, initially I was less certain about my hero Howard. I had quickly realised that writing a conscientious objector was layered and c…

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Thomas Keneally: 50th Anniversary Reissues

Posted on: 14/08/2014 with tags: author, backlist, Bettany's Book, Booker Prize, fiction, historical fiction, historical novel, Jacko: The Great Intruder, reissues, Sceptre, Schindler's Ark, The Office of Innocence, Thomas Keneally

We are delighted to be reissuing three novels by the Booker Prize-winning author of SCHINDLER’S ARK, Thomas Keneally, to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of his first novel in 1964. BETTANY’S BOOK, JACKO: THE GREAT INTRUDER and THE OFFICE OF INNOCENCE are three historical novels that tell radically different tales. Set in Australia and the Sudan, BETTANY’S BOOK is the story of two very different sisters who discover the documents of their ancestor, John Bettany. As the tale…

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Antonia Hodgson featured on the Buena Vista Book Club!

Posted on: 03/07/2014 with tags: antonia hodgson, author, Buena Vista Book Club, debut novel, historical crime, historical fiction, London, Marshalsea, prison, The Devil in the Marshalsea

The wonderful Antonia Hodgson – who just this week won the CWA Historical Dagger for her debut novel THE DEVIL IN THE MARSHALSEA – is interviewed in a series of videos for the Buena Vista Book Club. Do watch the videos, which feature Antonia reading from her book, taking us on a tour of the parts of London she so thrillingly describes in the novel, and talking to us about her inspirations, including Hogarth and Dickens. You can watch all three videos here. THE DEVIL IN THE MARSHALSEA is availabl…

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Saturnalia by Lindsey Davis

Posted on: 09/12/2013 with tags: author, christmas, historical fiction, historical novel, Lindsey Davis, saturnalia

Thomas Couture, Romans during the Decadence (1847) Sometimes I wonder if the Romans were ever paranoid, thinking in despair, ‘Oh no,  I’ve only got one Saturnalia present’, ‘I forgot to order the hazelnuts’, ‘I didn’t tip the wine merchant enough’, ‘what in Hades can I give the brother-in-law who is so funny about choosing his own clothes’,  ‘Help! I will never get through this!’ Of course they didn’t invent the Christian religious festival, but they didn’t need Gustav Holst to tell them their a…

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