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Ed O’Loughlin on why the historical novel has more fun

Historical novels are a cheap form of tourism: the past is another country, they do things more exotically there. We don’t really know what it felt like to live in Victorian London, any more than […]

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‘The Britain we live in today is the Britain of Attlee’s creation’ John Bew on his new book, CITIZEN CLEM

The gallons of ink spilled on Winston Churchill – and the huge appetite for books about him – have created something of an imbalance in our understanding of twentieth-century Britain. Not only does Clement Attlee’s […]

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Jeska Lyons reviews The Unseeing by Anna Mozzola

What struck me the most when reading this book was the incredible sense of time and place Mazzola creates, and how vividly she paints a picture of grim 1830s London. We meet Sarah Gale, the […]

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Jo Liddiard reviews A Death at Fountains Abbey

I’ve been a huge fan of Antonia’s since I was spellbound by THE DEVIL IN THE MARSHALSEA, and so to see Thomas Hawkins and his various associates back for a third time is a real […]

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‘What Hastings had heralded, the Harrying confirmed. The Normans were here to stay’ James Aitcheson on The Harrowing

This year marks the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, one of the best known events in British history. On 14 October 1066, English and Norman armies clashed at the site now occupied by […]

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The Harrying of the North by James Aitcheson

Ask most people what was the defining event of the Norman Conquest and they’ll probably name the Battle of Hastings, when William the Conqueror defeated and killed his rival Harold Godwineson en route to seizing […]

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H for History launches!

We’re delighted to be launching the brand new H for History website! Here you’ll find everything you need to make a trip into the past. To give you a taste of what’s to come, here’s […]

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Spot the deception: Guy Burgess true or false

Put your detective skills to the test. Can you work out which 2 of these incredible facts about Guy Burgess are the hidden lies? Let us know in the comments below! 1/ Guy Burgess played […]

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Alice Morley reviews Katherine of Aragon

In this month’s H for History review, team member Alice Morley reviews Alison Weir’s mighty new History has not been kind to Katherine of Aragon. Her image, in most people’s minds is of the frumpy, […]

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Get to Know Damian Seeker

S.G MacLean talks us through the genesis of her Cromwellian hero Damian Seeker. I first encountered Damian Seeker on cold, misty December afternoon, walking through scrubland in a Highland wood. I was there alone, but […]

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The Story of the Cover: Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen by Alison Weir

Siobhan, from Headline’s Creative Department tells the story of the cover…Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen is the first book in Alison Weir’s Six Tudor Queens series. Being the first in the series of six […]

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