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Intelligence, Secrets and Lies: The dark hour of the British Army during WW1

Posted on: 10/11/2014 with tags: Andrew Williams, author blog, Field Marshal Haig, first world war, historical fiction, historical novel, John Charteris, passchendaele, shells, Siegfried Sassoon, The Suicide Club, trench warfare, World War One, Ypres

For many people the name of one small Belgian village has come to represent the sacrifice and senselessness of trench warfare. ‘I died in hell, they called it Passchendaele’, the poet, Siegfried Sassoon, wrote of the battle that bears its name. Three months of fighting in a wilderness of mud and corruption came to end on the 10th of November 1917. Four days before, Canadian soldiers had fought  their way into the ruins of the village. ‘The shell-exploded bodies were so thickly strewn a fellow co…

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Triumphs of the Table: The Final of The Great British Bake Off

Posted on: 08/10/2014 with tags: An Appetite for Violets, author blog, historical fiction, historical novel, Martine Bailey, The Great British Bake Off, The Penny Heart

This week it is the ultimate test on The Great British Bake Off. It’s the grand final between three astonishingly good bakers: Richard, Luis and Nancy. The challenges have not been announced, but there is little doubt it will involve something very large and architectural. We may imagine that the trend for man-size towers of croquembouche or gingerbread houses you could happily inhabit, are new phenomenon – but as ever, history is merely repeating itself. In Britain a fashion for sculptural food…

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Antonia Hodgson interviews S D Sykes

Posted on: 25/09/2014 with tags: antonia hodgson, author blog, author interview, ben hur, Black Death, debut author, historical crime, historical fiction, historical novel, medieval england, plague, plague land, s d sykes, The Devil in the Marshalsea

To celebrate the publication of PLAGUE LAND, the debut historical crime novel by S D Sykes, today we are publishing an exclusive interview between her and one of our other brilliant historical novelists, Antonia Hodgson. In the interview these two writers discuss historical inspirations, what it’s like to write a debut novel, research, favourite historical novels and much more! PLAGUE LAND really captures the atmosphere of a world turned upside down. What first drew you into this world and…

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S D Sykes interviews Antonia Hodgson

Posted on: 23/09/2014 with tags: antonia hodgson, author blog, author interview, crime fiction, debut author, debut novel, English History, georgian england, historical crime, historical fiction, historical novel, plague land, s d sykes, the black death, The Devil in the Marshalsea, the plague

We’ve written (and tweeted) a lot about how much we love the fact that all our brilliant authors get along, read each others novels, support each other at events and online. A few months ago, wonderful debut novelists Martine Bailey and Rebecca Mascull interviewed each other for our blog, and now it’s the turn of S D Sykes and Antonia Hodgson, two more talented debut historical crime novelists we are thrilled to publish at Hodder. This week sees the publication of PLAGUE LAND, S D Sy…

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