What historical fiction means to me: Diana Johnston, National Buyer for Collins and co-owner of Hill of Content bookstores

‘The ability of the writer to give the reader knowledge and an understanding of our past, but at the same time entertain with a gripping story, makes an outstanding historical novel.’ What happier circumstance than time spent browsing in a bookshop? Imagine our delight when Diana Johnston, co-owner of the iconic Hill of Content bookshops … Read moreWhat historical fiction means to me: Diana Johnston, National Buyer for Collins and co-owner of Hill of Content bookstores

What historical fiction means to me: Lou Greene – the groundling’s perspective

‘The best historical fiction authors walk a tightrope: while their writing must illuminate the past through an illusion of authenticity, it must also make emotional and psychological connections with contemporary readers.’ We’ve enjoyed some fascinating interviews from the top tiers in this ‘What historical fiction means to me’ series of interviews, but what about the … Read moreWhat historical fiction means to me: Lou Greene – the groundling’s perspective

What historical fiction means to me: Sophie Masson

‘A novel that grips the heart as well as the mind; that you want to read more than once; that makes you feel you have gone on an extraordinary, illuminating and thoroughly immersive journey into the past…’  Each of us has our own idea of what makes a stand out historical novel. In this interview, award-winning … Read moreWhat historical fiction means to me: Sophie Masson

What historical fiction means to me: Beverley Cousins, Commercial Fiction Publisher at Penguin Random House.

‘From a publishing standpoint, I have no doubt the prize can subconsciously elevate historical novels in the minds of readers, booksellers and the media. And of course it will help the winner, and those shortlisted, to stand out from the crowd.’ The HNSA was delighted when Beverley Cousins, who has a wealth of publishing experience … Read moreWhat historical fiction means to me: Beverley Cousins, Commercial Fiction Publisher at Penguin Random House.

What historical fiction means to me: Pamela Hart

‘A story which brings the past alive, getting the details right without compromising the story, is top of my wishlist.’ I’m sure we all must have a subconscious wishlist of criteria that we’re hoping will be met whenever we pick up a new work of fiction. In this HNSA interview, Pamela Hart, an award-winning historical … Read moreWhat historical fiction means to me: Pamela Hart

What historical fiction means to me: Felicity Pulman

‘Meticulous research adds credibility and prestige to the work.’ As author of many children and adults’ historical novels, most set in medieval England, Felicity Pulman’s ‘meticulous research’ usually involves getting herself in situ. She has travelled to England on numerous occasions, including spending a 3-month residency there, to follow the historical threads and trails which … Read moreWhat historical fiction means to me: Felicity Pulman

What historical fiction means to me: G.S. Johnston

The ARA Historical Novel Prize will display the infinite variety of historical fiction, in subjects, writing styles and tones.  And show that it is fun. I hope the novel chosen is exceptionally accessible and will raise the awareness of the genre among readers to help breach any misconceptions.    Let’s sound a fanfare of trumpets: submissions for … Read moreWhat historical fiction means to me: G.S. Johnston

Entries open for the $30,000 ARA Historical Novel Prize

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The starting gun has sounded for the ARA Historical Novel Prize contest to begin! The submission period opens today and will close on 30 June 2020. Authors, agents and publishers can download the rules and nomination form from our ARA Historical Novel Prize page. Why enter? Major sponsor, ARA Group, is joining with HNSA, in … Read moreEntries open for the $30,000 ARA Historical Novel Prize

What historical fiction means to me: Alison Goodman

‘We each read for our own recipe of delight, and I think an outstanding novel is when we find ourselves delighted in a new, original way.’ Award-winning author and New York Times best-selling fantasy novelist, Alison Goodman, is perhaps more likely to be found promenading in the Bath Guildhall ballroom, or promoting her novels in France … Read moreWhat historical fiction means to me: Alison Goodman

What historical fiction means to me: Isolde Martyn

‘… historical novelists can step into the shadows where there are no torches.’ What a wonderful image this quote conjures of historical novelists! In this HNSA interview, Isolde Martyn, chair of the Plantagenet Society of Australia and award-winning author of eight historical novels, reveals her views on historical fiction and what it means to win … Read moreWhat historical fiction means to me: Isolde Martyn

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