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Reading the Past
News, views, and reviews on historical fiction, both new and old by Sarah..
Today I'm welcoming Philip Cioffari, who has contributed an essay on writing and researching historical fiction set during an era he ..read more
The Bermondsey Bookshop was a real place. During its nine-year existence (1921-30), the venue, under direction of the forward-thinking ..read more
Peggy Batternberg is an American heiress, the granddaughter of a Jewish immigrant who made his fortune in mining. Tall, dark-haired, and ..read more
A bestseller in Germany, Kehlmann’s newest novel convincingly sweeps Tyll Ulenspiegel, the classic itinerant trickster from German ..read more
Allende’s fluidly written saga conveys her deep familiarity with the events she depicts, and her intent to illustrate their human impact ..read more
The American Library Association Midwinter conference took place last weekend in Philly. I'm a bit late in reporting on the book awards ..read more
The 1920 German silent horror film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari featured a mad scientist and a somnambulist named Cesare who did his ..read more
In Rita Woods’ imaginative debut novel, the title refers to an important state of being and a special place. Remembrance is historical ..read more
From Oliver Twist to Anne Shirley, and from Jane Eyre to Cosette from Les Misérables, orphans play starring roles in many classic works of ..read more
This is the debut saga from Walton, a successful transition for the author, who also pens historical fiction under her real name, Rebecca ..read more

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