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Have Biscuits, Will Travel – The Great British Bake Off Week Two

Posted on: 13/08/2014 with tags: An Appetite for Violets, author blog, baking, BBC, biscuits, food, historical fiction, historical novel, Martine Bailey, The Great British Bake Off, The Penny Heart

It is Biscuit Week on The Great British Bake Off, with some cracking challenges: to bake savoury biscuits, Florentines and build a 3D creation from biscuit. Biscuits originated as rock-hard military or sailors’ rations, that were ‘bis-cuit’ (twice-baked) to prevent them from mouldering. ‘As dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage,’ says Jacques in As You Like It, recalling the thankfully forgotten experience of trying to eat one of these jaw-crackers. The British Navy mass-produced shi…

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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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Remember, Remember

Posted on: 14/11/2013 with tags: backlist, BBC, Cold War, espionage, Len Deighton, Mulholland, spies, Ted Allbeury, thrillers

It is the season of remembrance, not just of the wars but also their aftermath. The shadowy world of Cold War espionage, characterised so memorably in the great British spy thriller tradition, is familiar territory to most of us but perhaps the time has come to take a fresh look. BBC2 seems to think so. It is launching a season of drama and documentaries that look back to the time when Britain lived in the shadow of the Cold War. The highlight of the season is Legacy, an espionage thriller commi…

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