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The Glorious Guinness Girls: Emily Hourican’s inspiration behind the novel

Set amid the turmoil of the Irish Civil War and the brittle glamour of 1920s London, The Glorious Guinness Girls is inspired by one of the most fascinating family dynasties in the world – an unforgettable […]

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Start reading Power & The People

Power & The People by Alev Scott and Andronike Makres is out in paperback tomorrow, and we are delighted to share the introduction with you today. This insightful and highly readable took takes you through […]

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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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The Battle of Lissa: History’s Forgotten Naval Encounter

Everyone remembers the Battle of Trafalgar and indeed ‘Trafalgar Day’ is celebrated every October 21 with commemorative dinners and ceremonies around the UK. But in the course of research for my latest Kydd tale Balkan […]

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Correspondence on Campaign – Paul Fraser Collard

If I ask if you have heard of the British Army’s campaign in Abyssinia, to free European prisoners taken by Emperor Tewodros II, then I suspect many of you would look rather perplexed. However, if […]

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Read an exclusive extract from The Silver Collar by Antonia Hodgson

Read an exclusive extract from the opening of The Silver Collar, Antonia Hodgson’s new Thomas Hawkins adventure. Read the extract here.     Autumn, 1728. Life is good for Thomas Hawkins and Kitty Sparks. The […]

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THE MOST WOEFUL THING by Alison Weir

As Katheryn Howard: The Tainted Queen is written wholly from Katheryn’s point of view, the reader never gets to see the reaction of Katheryn’s husband, Henry VIII, to her fall from grace. We see only […]

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Inspiration for Writing the She-Wolf Queen Trilogy – Carol McGrath

During the English High Middle Ages of the twelfth, thirteenth and fourteenth centuries there was a succession of foreign queen consorts.  Some were honoured as the mothers of kings; others were also mothers of kings, […]

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A Rake’s Progress: Thomas Hawkins’ story so far by Antonia Hodgson

Ahead of the publication of The Silver Collar, bestselling creator of the Thomas Hawkins novels Antonia Hodgson updates us all on her antihero’s story so far…   The Silver Collar is the fourth book in the […]

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The damaged heroes of post-war American noir movies

V.B. Grey examines the damaged heroes of post-war American noir movies who inspired characters in her novel Tell Me How It Ends.   As a child growing up in the 1960s I couldn’t help but […]

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Extract from The House of Lamentations by S.G MacLean

The House of Lamentations is the nailbiting final historical thriller in the award-winning Seeker series by S.G MacLean.   Read the opening to The House of Lamentations below. Prologue London July 1658   Hate upon […]

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Michelle Rawlins introduces The Women of Steel

  I’ve always been fascinated by social history and listening to stories about how the past has impacted different individual lives and those of future generations. I guess doing a history degree, followed by a […]

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