Lucy Moore speaks with James McConnachie about recovering the life of a civil war aristocrat from her ‘receipt book’, the roots of chemistry in the housewife’s distilling room, and the contrasting attitudes of Puritans and Royalists to the role of women in society.
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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.
Paula Byrne speaks with James McConnachie about the tragic fates of two lesser-known Kennedy siblings, doing meticulous scholarly research and yet publishing accessible books, moving into writing fiction, and investigating the psychological health benefits of reading with ReLit.
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Lucy Moore explores the challenges of choosing a subject, the dangers of identifying too closely, and how she looks for stories that both allure her and also urgently need telling.