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Turning the world inside out: Philippa Gregory and the art of historic fiction

Last night, I attended an evening with Philippa Gregory and have a new appreciation for the author who has made the historic novel her own. The event took place at Newcastle’s Tyneside Cinema. It’s an independent picture house with a bar and perfectly formed cafe on the side, one of the city’s true gems. Gregory took… Read More Turning the world inside out: Philippa Gregory and the art of historic fiction

Book reviews, Crime/mystery/noir, Meet the author

Review: The Confession of Stella Moon

This is the first novel from lawyer-turned-writer Shelley Day. It’s a magnificent depiction of family trauma as well as a cracking piece of crime fiction. I was lucky enough to attend the launch of Day’s debut novel at Waterstones in Newcastle in July. Being seated between the children’s books and pregnancy guides in the store’s… Read More Review: The Confession of Stella Moon