for writers and readers….

What You Can’t Do in Historical Fiction – Frederick Forsyth QUOTES FOR WRITERS

You can say that Hitler won the Second World War, but you can’t say that Green Park* is on the Northern line.Frederick Forsyth*For non Londoners, it is on the Piccadilly … Continue reading

September 18, 2022 · 3 Comments

Meet the bestselling authors of two amazing books set in Brighton SUNDAY SALON AT THE REGENCY TOWN HOUSE

Picture the drawing room at The Regency Town House in Brunswick Square. You come on your own (The Sunday Salon is definitely the kind of event that welcomes solo visitors) … Continue reading

May 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

Writing Exercise from the archives: Historical Fiction

This is straightforward lucky dip. Choose two numbers – both have to be between one and ten. The first number gives you a personal event and the second a historical … Continue reading

August 25, 2015 · 2 Comments

Hilary Mantel on the dangers of writing historical fiction — Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

A relation of past events brings you up against events and mentalities that, should you choose to describe them, would bring you to the borders of what your readers could … Continue reading

December 7, 2014 · 1 Comment

Questions, Questions, Questions…. a novelist has to have a lot of answers before putting pen to paper, says guest writer Helen Carey

I’m delighted that I’m handing over my blog today to novelist Helen Carey. She is best known for her bestselling World War Two novels Lavender Road, Some Sunny Day and … Continue reading

September 3, 2014 · 2 Comments