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H for History Blog

The Lives of Manuscripts and Their Makers by Mary Wellesley

Publishing 7th October, Hidden Hands: The Lives of Manuscripts and Their Makers is a stunning book about significant medieval manuscripts; their authors, their histories and the moments that mark their lifetimes. In this exclusive blog […]

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Read an exclusive extract from Elizabeth Chadwick’s A Marriage of Lions . . .

Royal Palace of Woodstock, Oxfordshire, September 1238   Awakening to darkness in the soft feather bed she shared with her nurse, Joanna gasped as she surfaced from the grip of her dream. At her side, […]

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The Politics of Myth

Art historian and printmaker Amy Jeffs discuses how founding myths shape political feeling, and how deeply that feeling can run. In her debut book, Storyland: A New Mythology of Britain, Amy brings a fresh perspective […]

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Q& A with Peter Ross, author of A TOMB WITH A VIEW

What inspired you to write A Tomb With A View?   There is a tumbledown graveyard on the hill behind my house. One day, walking in there, I chanced upon a grave, half hidden in […]

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In search of Rose Nicolson and her world

Publishing 5th August, Rose Nicolson is a vivid, passionate and unforgettable novel of this most dramatic period of Scotland’s history. In this exclusive blog post for H for History, author Andrew Greig shares with us […]

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What’s next for Alison Weir?

‘WHAT WILL SHE WRITE NEXT?’   IT’S TIME TO REVEAL ALL…   Headline Publishing Group is delighted to reveal the brand-new trio of novels by the bestselling female historian and novelist, Alison Weir, whose era-defining Six Tudor Queens series […]

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A Darkness in the Neighbourhood, A Twisted Sense of Place by Nina Allen

In Claire Fuller’s Women’s-Prize-shortlisted novel Unsettled Ground, fifty-one-year-old twins Jeanie and Julius still live with their mother, Dot, on a rented smallholding in rural Wiltshire. Julius earns a meagre living working on local construction projects; […]

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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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