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True or False? A Kathryn 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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KATHERYN HOWARD: ‘SOMETIME A QUEEN’ by Alison Weir

The story of Katheryn Howard, Henry VIII’s fifth wife, is one of the saddest and most shocking episodes in English history. It is also the subject of a very modern debate. Was Katheryn a promiscuous […]

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Music to my ears

Gill Thompson, highly acclaimed author of bestselling novel, The Oceans Between Us, writes about the research and inspiration behind her latest novel, The Child On Platform One. My old school singing teacher would have laughed […]

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Extract of The Nine Hundred

  To mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, and international Holocaust Memorial Day, we are sharing this extraordinary message from Edith Friedman Grossman, one of the survivors whose story is told in […]

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Alison Weir introduces Anna of Kleve

Most people think of Anna of Cleves – or Anna of Kleve, as she should be known – as the luckiest of Henry VIII’s wives. Having re-researched her story in depth for Anna of Kleve: […]

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Read the History behind The Crown

If you are, like us, hooked by the recent third series of The Crown (definitely NOT on our third re-watch, definitely not), then you’ll also want to know more about the history behind the events […]

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Explore the archives of the Imperial War Museum

Take time out this November to rediscover four wartime classics from the archives of Imperial War Museums (IWM). Listen to the works of forgotten writers of the Second World War, read by a selection of […]

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Operation Colossus. The forgotten raiders. The true story.

To celebrate publication of his new book SAS Shadow Raiders, bestselling author Damien Lewis tells the untold story of Operation Colossus, the first ever Allied airborne raid – the forgotten heroes of WWII. In my […]

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Six thrilling reads for this Halloween

This year for Halloween, we have made a list of six thrilling reads: from wildly fascinating stories of witches around the world to bloody revolutions under the reign of Richard II to odd, unexplained mysteries. […]

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The Personal Touch – Gill Thompson

I’ve always preferred the kind of history that comes from people’s mouths rather than the pages of books, so when I first stumbled across the story of the child migrants from Britain to Australia, I […]

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Plymouth: Maritime Icon by Julian Stockwin

I have the great good fortune to live not far from Plymouth, Devon, that lovely county in southwest England. Given that I write Age of Sail fiction and have a long-held interest in all things […]

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Take Flight with the history of aviation

Flight is the story of humankind’s most ambitious undertaking. From thousand-year-old flying machines and the trailblazing ‘birdmen’ who risked their lives to test them, to the Wright brothers’ legendary first flight and the iconic spacecraft […]

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