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by Manda Scott
Tue July 21st, 2015, 10:35 am
Forum: By Author's Last Name A-F
Topic: Watch the Lady by Elizabeth Fremantle
Replies: 0
Views: 557

Watch the Lady by Elizabeth Fremantle

Ever since Queen's Gambit took the world of historical fiction by storm 3 years ago, Liz Fremantle's books have been the ones to watch in the world of Tudor fiction. The combination of depth, intelligence and real historical imagination that she brings to bear on the lesser-known (but immensely powe...
by Manda Scott
Thu April 30th, 2015, 4:24 pm
Forum: By Author's Last Name G-L
Topic: Ben Kane: Eagles at War
Replies: 1
Views: 2141

Ben Kane: Eagles at War

Full disclosure: Ben Kane is a friend and fellow member of the HWA... but that said, I'm pretty careful about those I review - I only those books that genuinely move me, or inspire me or leave me lying awake at night wondering if I can ever write anything as powerful... and this book does all of tho...
by Manda Scott
Thu April 2nd, 2015, 4:49 pm
Forum: By Author's Last Name R-Z
Topic: The Silent Boy by Andrew Taylor
Replies: 1
Views: 2778

The Silent Boy by Andrew Taylor

Andrew Taylor is one of our greatest living historical novelists... no, scratch the historical, he's one of our greatest living novelists, period. Always inspiring, his sense of time and place are impeccable and, as ever, the inexorable draw from apparent-normality into a world of increasing danger ...
by Manda Scott
Fri March 13th, 2015, 12:13 pm
Forum: By Author's Last Name M-Q
Topic: The Raven's Head by Karen Maitland
Replies: 1
Views: 4767

The Raven's Head by Karen Maitland

Karen Maitland is one of our country's foremost writers of historical fiction, and right at the leading edge of the whole Mediaeval mystery/thriller sub-genre. From The Owl Killers to Company of Liars to the glorious, beautiful, 'Falcons of Fire and Ice', she is an expert in crafting intelligent, en...
by Manda Scott
Sat March 15th, 2014, 10:31 pm
Forum: By Author's Last Name A-F
Topic: Tabula Rasa by Ruth Downie
Replies: 2
Views: 969

Tabula Rasa by Ruth Downie

So… if you’ve been paying attention to the diary, you’ll know that I shared a gig in Peterborough (centre of the known universe) with Ben Kane and Ruth Downie this Wednesday. This is one of the grand perks of writing: we get to meet with our peers, who are also our colleagues and friends, and whose ...
by Manda Scott
Sat March 15th, 2014, 10:31 pm
Forum: By Author's Last Name G-L
Topic: God of Vengeance by Giles Kristian
Replies: 0
Views: 758

God of Vengeance by Giles Kristian

Giles Kristian was one of the first historical writers that I came to know: we share a publisher and we’ve shared events and I’ve loved his writing since the first of the ‘Raven BloodEye’ novels came out a handful of years ago. He wrote three of those and then took some time out and wrote a couple o...
by Manda Scott
Wed February 5th, 2014, 2:11 pm
Forum: By Author's Last Name R-Z
Topic: Savage Magic by Lloyd Shepherd
Replies: 0
Views: 510

Savage Magic by Lloyd Shepherd

So: full disclosure first: Lloyd Shepherd is the treasurer of the HWA, of which I am Chair. But he's treasurer largely because I read his first book, thought, 'here is a man with a brain the size of a planet, an imagination to match and insight into humanity that is rarely found and even more rarely...
by Manda Scott
Tue February 4th, 2014, 1:10 pm
Forum: By Author's Last Name R-Z
Topic: The Spider of Sarajevo by Robert Wilton
Replies: 0
Views: 505

The Spider of Sarajevo by Robert Wilton

Those of you who write will be familiar with the phenomenon where you, the author, are reading a book - for pleasure - and you find yourself editing it in your head as you go. You delete paragraphs that weren't necessary. You shave off the blubber and sharpen the plot points that are hidden in flab,...
by Manda Scott
Tue January 28th, 2014, 4:44 pm
Forum: By Author's Last Name M-Q
Topic: The Madness of July by James Naughtie
Replies: 0
Views: 1771

The Madness of July by James Naughtie

Most of the authors whose books pass across my desk these days are names I've never heard of. And then there's the one whose voice we wake up to, who brings us the news in that melting-chocolate brogue, with the rolling Rs and the vowels that hark back to the glens. And he hosts the book programme, ...
by Manda Scott
Tue December 31st, 2013, 3:47 pm
Forum: By Author's Last Name R-Z
Topic: The Dead Can Wait by Robert Ryan
Replies: 0
Views: 598

The Dead Can Wait by Robert Ryan

I became a fan of Rob Ryan's work at Harrogate History Fest in October, when I heard him speak on a panel about Sherlock Holmes..... Apparently there was a single line in one of the last Holmes books which said that Watson had gone back to his 'old unit' - that being the RAMC, and given that we were...

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