When I simply consumed books with no aspiration to write one, every novel was a plus. It existed only to give me joy and if it failed there were plenty others.
Most of the Victorians I loved have lost their shine, too, for me, except George Eliot; her luminous sense of justice and vision distinguish her. However, recently Hilary Mantel has begun to supplant her.
Virginia Woolf's fiction explores the inner lives of intelligent women with courage and originality; she searched for, and found, a way of telling a story that was different.
Lucy Moore speaks with James McConnachie about prominent political women in the French Revolution, her study of the lives of some controversial maharanis, and the value of detail such as dress in recreating the past.
An author’s ideas are essential to the writing process, but how and why do they arise? Katharine Grant considers various possibilities.
Susan Fletcher recalls the moment as a young teenager when she first became interested in Anne of Cleves — as well as the other five women who were, successively, married to Henry VIII. She reflects on why we still find their lives so engaging.
Morgen Witzel compares history and historical fiction. Good history tells us what probably happened. Good historical fiction tells us what might have happened, and makes us believe it is real.
I've watched films that have been adapted from books or short stories and then I read the original material to see how close the adaptation is to the source material; it's enjoyable, and a really good exercise.