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Royal Tudor blood ran in her veins. Her mother was a queen, and she herself was the granddaughter, niece, cousin and grandmother of monarchs. Some thought she should be queen of England. Beautiful and tempestuous, […]

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Extract from Code Name Hélène – inspired by a true story

Hélène BENSON MILITARY AIRFIELD, ENGLAND February 29th, 1944   I have gone by many names.   Some of them are real— I was given four at birth alone— but most are carefully constructed personas to […]

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Eleni Kyriacou reveals the family inspiration for her debut novel She Came To Stay.

Every family has a story to tell, and I always knew that the roots of my tale were embedded in the 1950s. This was when my parents came to the UK from Cyprus.     […]

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Don’t Go to the Grove: Lindsey Davis on the inspiration behind The Grove of the Caesars

    The Grove of the Caesars, was intended to explore gardens – a regular haunt of serial killers of course! I pay attention to both, but I prefer an oblique approach, if only to […]

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A Q & A with Maggie O’Farrell to introduce HAMNET

What originally inspired you to write Hamnet? When I was studying ‘Hamlet’ at school, my teacher mentioned in passing that Shakespeare had a son called Hamnet, who died several years before the play was written. […]

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Is the Covid 19 pandemic a modern-day Black Death?

  The short answer is no. Not at all. And yet, when reading some newspaper articles in the last few days, I’ve seen this crisis described as a modern day plague, with all sorts of […]

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Finished The Mirror and the Light? Read on to delve deeper…

Many historical fiction fans in their thousands have this month been reading The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel, the final book in her remarkable recreation of the life of Thomas Cromwell that, in […]

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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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The real-life history behind The Slaughterman’s Daughter by Yaniv Iczkovits…

To celebrate the publication of The Slaughterman’s Daughter, we asked author Yaniv Iczkovits to tell us about the real-life history behind his sprawling historical epic.       Growing up in Israel, I always felt […]

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Read an extract of The Grove of the Caesars by Lindsey Davis

Private Investigator Flavia Albia is back in Lindsey Davis’s next gripping and witty mystery set in Ancient Rome, The Grove of the Caesars. Publishing in April 2020, we are delighted to share a sneak-peek extract […]

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Read an extract from the start of The Bear Pit by S.G MacLean

In the 4th book of The Seeker series, Captain Seeker is back in London, on the trail of an assassin preparing to strike at the heart of Oliver Cromwell’s Republic. Take a sneak-peek at the […]

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True or False? A Katheryn Howard Quiz

For the publication of the fifth book in the bestselling Six Tudor Queens series Alison Weir has created this special True or False quiz about Katheryn Howard. Click below to take the quiz!   A […]

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