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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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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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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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