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H for History Posts

‘Woman much missed’: the puzzle of Thomas and Emma Hardy’s marriage

Publishing 14th April, The Chosen, the extraordinary new novel by Elizabeth Lowry, is a fictional representation of Thomas Hardy’s marriage to Emma Hardy. Here, Elizabeth shares her inspiration behind The Chosen. Dorset, 1912. When I […]

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Extract from K. J. Maitland’s TRAITOR IN THE ICE

Prologue BATTLE ABBEY, SUSSEX   He should have turned back before the blood-red sun began to sink. He should have hurried away before the rooks descended like ragged witches upon their night roost. He’d been […]

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Extract of The Stone Rose by Carol McGrath

    Prologue Agnes All Souls’ Night, 1352   Sleep does not come easily on the night of the dead. I toss and turn until I hear the clip-clop of horses’ hooves entering the yard. […]

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‘Remember, Remember the fifth of November’– K. J. Maitland

  As we light our bonfires and fireworks this month, it is worth reflecting that we might have been lighting them in February instead of November, and the gunpowder plotters could have succeeded in blowing […]

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THUNDERER Marks 20 Years of Thomas Kydd

    In some ways it seems but a blink of an eye ago that KYDD, my debut novel, was published,  the start of Thomas Paine Kydd’s journey from pressed man to Admiral in the […]

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Q & A with Alison Weir to celebrate publication of IN THE SHADOW OF QUEENS

  To celebrate the publication of IN THE SHADOW OF QUEENS, The Tandem Collective asked Alison Weir a few questions about the process of writing, and for some of her top historical recommendations. Here’s what […]

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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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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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