Douglas Jackson chats to Ben Kane about Romans, research and the writing life. I’ve been fortunate to have been asked to interview historical fiction writer Ben Kane to celebrate the publication of his new novel, Eagles in the Storm, set in 15AD as Rome attempts to recover the eagle standards lost in the disastrous battle […]
Sarah Hawkswood, author of the Bradecote and Catchpoll series, on how being an academic historian influences her fiction. I am an historian, and I am also a writer of historical fiction. Being the former influences how I write as the latter, imposes a ‘morality’, but I do not see it as constricting. I also do not […]
We’ve a real treat for Roman fans this month, with FOUR new books up for grabs! Win a copy of Eagles in the Storm, the new novel by Ben Kane, Betrayal: The Centurions I, the first in a new series from Anthony Riches, and Earthly Gods, the latest in the Agent of Rome series by Nick […]
Louise Brown charts the history of the extraordinary Nepalese Rana dynasty and their complicated relationship with the British Raj.
At Queens University Belfast, I read Russian Studies and English for my first degree. My enjoyment of
One hundred years on from the Russian Revolution, Imogen Robertson reviews a new Royal
When the Great War began for Britain, August 4th, 1914, the British Army was recognisably the one described so affectionately in the works of Rudyard Kipling. It was ridiculously small – scarcely 450,000 men, including reservists – by comparison with the millions-strong levies being mobilised by France, Germany, Austria-Hungary and Russia. But Kipling’s army was […]
Historia’s Dr Darwin answers your questions. This month: I know what story I want to tell; how do I tell it? Dear Dr Darwin, I’ve found a gripping set of historical events that I want to build a novel round, and before you start shaking your Tudor bonnet, it’s not because I have a non-fiction agenda: […]