In June 2018, Nuala O’Connorwas kind enough to give me a copy of her 2015 novel Miss Emily when we met at the Bath Flash Fiction Festival I’ve only just got around to reading it and discovering that rare thing – a really lovely and satisfying example of historical/biographical fiction. A famously reclusive writer can’t … Continue reading Helpers and Handmaids: Miss Emily by Nuala O’Connor #historicalfiction #biographicalfiction
As most of you will know, when writing in In the Bink of an Eye I was careful – (some might say too careful, to those who spotted the odd gaffe not careful enough!) – to stick to ‘the facts as we know them.’ And if anyone would like a summary of the story I … Continue reading On getting history very slightly wrong (then winning a prize)
Like most Scots of his generation, D.O. Hill was a great fan of both Rabbie Burns and Sir Walter Scott. Several of his and Robert Adamson’s compositions recreated characters from Scott’s novels (like this one from The Antiquary) and he was an illustrator of both writers, spending quite some time in Ayrshire prior to publishing … Continue reading For Burns Night: D. O. Hill, Rabbie Burns and the Lass of Ballochmyle
There’s nothing to whet the appetite for a book launch like boxes of of the long-awaited book. But although you might not notice from this photo, these two consignments aren’t quite the same. How come? Our proof copies of Blink (this is its stable name by the way, books are like race-horses in that respect) … Continue reading Opening the book box. A tale of two covers.
As a fan of Margaret Skea’s Munro Series, I was intrigued to discover she was about to publish ‘something completely different’ this year – a fictional biography (you know how that topic gets me going!) of Martin Luther’s wife. Martin Luther had a wife? I hear you say. Yes, it was news to me too, but … Continue reading New Biographical Fiction – ‘Katharina: Deliverance’ by Margaret Skea