Louise Brown charts the history of the extraordinary Nepalese Rana dynasty and their complicated relationship with the British Raj.
Best known for the acclaimed John Shakespeare series of historical thrillers, Rory Clements won the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Award with Revenger and hit the bestseller lists with Holy Spy. His new book, Corpus, is the first in a major new series and is already garnering great reviews. You can win a copy here. Katherine Clements (no […]
If you are going to write a novel about the Holocaust you have both a responsibility and a challenge. The responsibility is to the six million who were murdered. If you are bringing the Holocaust into your work merely to add some extra tragedy or to tug at the reader’s heartstrings then, at best what […]
‘Prepare to be welcomed into the coveted world of power and privilege….the leaders of an empire await,’ states the blurb on Netflix about The Crown. Whether or not you subscribe to the streaming service you will doubtless be aware of the eagerly anticipated new series about the reign of Elizabeth II from Peter Morgan, (of […]
As we commemorate Armistice Day, Vanessa Lafaye looks back on the devastating fallout of the First World War – and the unseen enemy waiting in the wings. With the cruelest of ironies, even as the Armistice bells were ringing in every town and village, another attack was under way. The enemy wore no uniform, was invisible […]
I’ve long had a fascination with the art of Victorian photography – how those grainy old sepia images enable us to peer straight through a historical mirror into the past: for the very first time to be able to see exactly how people looked back then. Even the sparkle in their eyes. Because of this […]
Alex von Tunzelmann’s new book Blood and Sand is a gripping account of the sixteen days in 1956 which saw both the Suez crisis and the bloody suppression of the Hungarian revolution by the Soviets. Following the action hour by hour, the book allows the reader to follow events as they unfolded and see the […]
We talk to Chris Moore about his HWA Goldsboro Debut Crown shortlisted novel, The Hoarse Oaths of Fife. The HWA Goldsboro Debut Crown celebrates new voices in historical fiction. Have you always been interested in history? Always. My dad was one of those guys who stops in the street to gawk every time he comes […]