Historical Fiction

What Makes a Good Love Story?

Gill Paul | Posted 12.09.2017 | UK Entertainment
Gill Paul

In Hollywood, writers of romantic films often bring lovers together in what's known as a "meet cute" - like Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant arguing o...

A Mesmerising Book Series on Women of Beowulf

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 24.06.2017 | UK Entertainment
Annie Martirosyan

Donnita L. Rogers' The Women of Beowulf is far from being a romanticised tale of a Danish princess in the world of Grendels. It is a mesmerising novel...

Book Review: The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

Robert Bradley | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK Entertainment
Robert Bradley

"Ether is to light as air is to sound, but far more efficient. You will have noticed that when fireworks ignite, you hear that bang after the flash? T...

Robert Harris Caps Cicero Trilogy With Astonishing Dictator

Philip White | Posted 06.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Philip White

For those unfamiliar with the first two volumes, Imperium and Conspirata, Harris's three-parter tells the story of the great Roman advocate and orator Cicero, whose speaking skills were so convincing that he became only the second man who was neither a military commander or nobleman to win the consulship.

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen and One Night, Markovitch

Ben Mirza | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ben Mirza

Based on historical events 'One Night, Markovitch' takes the reader from Europe, as she was fast approaching the onset of World War II and British Mandate Palestine. Ayelet takes her skills as a storyteller to new heights, crafting a tale structured around both historical and deeply personal events.

Interview with Patrick Gale

Hannah Beckerman | Posted 25.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Hannah Beckerman

Patrick Gale is the author seventeen novels, including the bestselling Notes from an Exhibition. His new novel, A Place Called Winter, is a sweeping historical epic set in the Canadian prairies that has been described as 'EM Forster meets Brokeback Mountain'.

Julian Fellowes' Perfect Christmas Read

Julian Fellowes | Posted 21.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Julian Fellowes

For me, Christmas is a reading, restful time and I like particularly to read a book that sweeps me into a complete world, somewhere else. It may be a true somewhere else, but it should be far from our own every day. That is precisely what The Queen of Four Kingdoms will do.

Was "The White Queen" Actually "The Wrong Queen?"

Amy Licence | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK
Amy Licence

With the screening of the BBC's White Queen drama series only weeks away, many questions about the life of Elizabeth Wydeville remain unanswered. None more so than that of her marriage.

Author Elizabeth Fremantle: Tea, Toast and Not Losing Your Head

Sara Bran | Posted 18.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Bran

Welcome to Catching the Comet's Tail, a series of interviews with writers, artists and musicians discussing creativity and their creative process. To launch the series, I am delighted to welcome English author Elizabeth Fremantle.

Lehrter Station by David Downing: Book Review

Philip White | Posted 30.07.2012 | Home
Philip White

I am not a fast reader. So the fact that I finished all five books in David Downing's John Russell series in just over three weeks means that a) Zoo Station (book one) hooked me on the first page b) I made more time to read fiction that at any point in the past five years of get up-research-write-parent-go to bed-repeat c) Downing is a master of plot, characterisation and pace.

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka - Review

David Hebblethwaite | Posted 06.04.2012 | Home
David Hebblethwaite

The narrator of Julie Otsuka's second novel is a chorus: the disembodied 'we' of a cohort of Japanese women who travel to the United States at the sta...

In Praise of Historical Novelists

Harry Freedman | Posted 28.02.2012 | Home
Harry Freedman

The first time I wrote historical fiction I had no idea what I was taking on. Even now, with one historical novel under my belt, and with a second on the way, I am filled with admiration for anyone who can craft a good period narrative. Of all the literary genres, historical fiction must be the toughest.

The True History of the Everlasting Reindeer

Harry Freedman | Posted 19.02.2012 | Home
Harry Freedman

The Jewish festival of Hanukah, which starts today night, is well known because it falls round about the same time as Christmas. In religious terms it's a minor festival; in 21st century cultural terms it is possibly the most famous of Jewish holidays.