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A History-Making Creature

A History-Making Creature

Why I write about the past 

John Pilkington
A lifelong fascination with history has shaped John Pilkington’s career as a novelist — as well as offering insights into vanished eras, he argues, writing about the past can be a way of understanding the present.
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Revisiting his past work, Hugh Stoddart reflects on the way writing can change with each new readership or audience, making it freshly relevant, and far from ‘old hat’.
As a writer of historical fiction, Morgen Witzel wasn’t content to merely imagine what the battle of Crécy was like, he wanted to experience its realities, too. Taking up archery – with an authentic English longbow – was the obvious consequence of this.