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Six thrilling reads for this Halloween

Posted on: 28/10/2019 with tags: halloween, history, witches

This year for Halloween, we have made a list of six thrilling reads: from wildly fascinating stories of witches around the world to bloody revolutions under the reign of Richard II to odd, unexplained mysteries.   The Virago Book of Witches by Shahrukh Husain The witch: resilient, edgy, awe-inspiring and potent. She never disappears for long . . . A collection of more than fifty stories about witches from around the world. There are tales of banshees, crones and beauties in disguise from Ch…

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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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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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How Queen Victoria invented the Royal Wedding

Posted on: 20/12/2018 with tags: history, Lucy Worsley, Queen Victoria, 19th Century, Royal Family, Royal Wedding, Victorian

Victoria and Albert’s famous marriage began with a spectacular royal wedding, just like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle earlier this year. We enjoyed the familiar carriage ride along the streets, the big white dress, the scores of bridesmaids, and the general air of fairytale romance. But the royal wedding as it is today, and in fact many of the wedding traditions we all enjoy on our own big day, wouldn’t have existed without Queen Victoria. Here are just a few of the ways Victoria shaped modern…

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