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H for History Blog

S.G MacLean on Writing the Damian Seeker Series

With The House of Lamentations, the final in the Damian Seeker series by S.G MacLean publishing this week, they reflect on what it’s been like to write this award-winning series.   As The House of […]

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Anne Askew by Alison Weir

  Although torture was officially illegal in England, some prisoners in the Tower did suffer interrogation on the rack and by other cruel methods, such as the thumbscrews, the boot or the Scavenger’s Daughter, an […]

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Extract from Stewart Binns’s BARBAROSSA

A Pact with Satan to Drive out the Devil August 1939–June 1941   Historians have been prone to link together Adolf Hitler, Germany’s Führer, and Joseph Stalin, the Soviet Union’s communist tsar, as the twentieth […]

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Standing in the way of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Today on the blog, we have author Emily Mayhew with us. Emily talks about how she simply started writing about people facing extraordinary challenges around the world, and how that developed into her upcoming book […]

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‘Write something’ by Jodi Taylor

‘Write something,’ they said. ‘Tell us what fascinates you about the Tower of Babel.’   I didn’t much care for the way they were fingering the electrodes at the time so, as always, I made […]

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Witchcraft and the Bristol Tsunami – K.J. Maitland

Maundy Thursday in Sweden was thought to be the day when witches stole brooms and livestock and used them to fly through the night sky to the legendary island of Blåkulla where the Devil held […]

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How the history of Victorian Stockton-on-Tees influenced The Deception of Harriet Fleet

Publishing 1st April, The Deception of Harriet Fleet is an atmospheric Victorian chiller set in brooding County Durham. In this exclusive blog post for H for History, author Helen Scarlett shares with us how the […]

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An extract from Gretchen Berg’s THE OPERATOR

Gretchen Berg highlights a moment in her novel which stunned America in 1938…   1938   Little Charlotte was sleeping in her crib in the bedroom while Edward and Vivian listened to The Chase and […]

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Katharine Parr Quiz

Katharine Parr was so more than the wife who ‘survived’. A passionate woman, unusually well educated for her time, she was ardent reformer and the author of three books – the first woman in England […]

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An extract from Simon Scarrow’s BLACKOUT

Prologue Berlin, 19 December 1939   The Christmas party had not long begun when Gerda Korzeny and her escort arrived at half past eight that evening. The snow was deep and they kicked the ice […]

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Alison Weir introduces KATHARINE PARR: THE SIXTH WIFE

With publication of the sixth book in her Six Tudor Queens series in 2021, Alison Weir introduces Henry’s last wife, Katharine Parr.   Of Henry VIII’s six wives, Katharine Parr was so much more than […]

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The Communist’s Daughter – translator Katie Whittemore talks to author Aroa Moreno Durán

The Communist’s Daughter is the story of Katia, a young woman has grown up amongst the ruins of the once mighty Berlin, now shattered by Allied bombs. In their tiny, freezing flat, Katia’s father teaches […]

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