In Ancient Rome banquets were held in a triclinium where philosophy, literature and art were discussed along with intrigue and scandal. On my blog you can enjoy interviews, reviews, guests posts from historical novelists and art. And also history – both trivia and the serious stuff! And if you subscribe to my Monthly Inspiration and Giveaway newsletter, you’ll have the chance to win giveaways each month. So come and join my banquet!
My guest this month is Kelly Rimmer, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and worldwide bestselling author of contemporary and historical fiction, including The Secret Daughter and The Things We Cannot Say. Kelly lives in rural Australia with her family and a whole menagerie of badly behaved animals. Her novels have been translated into more than two… read more
I’m proud to be Chair of the HNSA’s prize committee for the 2021 ARA Historical Novel Prize which is due to open on 14 April. HNSA’s generous patron, Edward Federman of the ARA Group, has increased the prize money to $100,000 making the contest the richest genre prize in Australasia. The prize has been expanded to include a category for… read more
Today I have the pleasure of welcoming MK Tod to share the inspiration behind her latest release, Paris in Ruins. M.K. Tod writes and blogs about historical fiction. She can be contacted on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads or on her website www.mktod.com. You can also enjoy the Paris in Ruins book trailer on Youtube. MK Tod’s previous novels, Unravelled, Lies Told in Silence, and Time… read more
My guest today is Tim Darcy Ellis who is a writer, physiotherapy business owner, and a professional archaeologist. He currently runs his own business, Excel Physiotherapy and Wellness (founded 2013 in Sydney), and writes historical fiction part-time. Tim studied Archaeology at the University of York (1985-88), and as a professional archaeologist, worked extensively on sites throughout England and Wales, including… read more
My guest today is fellow Australian writer, Nigel Featherstone. His war novel, Bodies of Men, (Hachette Australia) was longlisted for the $60,000 2020 ARA Historical Novel Prize, shortlisted in the 2019 Queensland Literary Awards, and received a 2019 Canberra Critics Circle Award. His other works include the story collection Joy (2000), his debut novel, Remnants (2005), and The Beach Volcano (2014), which… read more
My recent post on the History Girls blog features the story behind a lost Etruscan tomb and a Scottish Jacobite artist, James Byres in The Lost Tomb: Etruscan a la Baroque.
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