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Category Archives: History

Lies, damned lies and novels

Stories are part of what makes us human because part of being human is the habit, good or bad, of telling lies.

March 7, 2022 · Leave a comment

A Journal of the Plague Year

Almost three hundred years after Daniel Defoe published A Journal of the Plague Year, we’re having a plague year of our own. His book was published on 17 March 1722. … Continue reading

February 24, 2021 · Leave a comment

Period drama

Period drama has been a staple of British television for as long as anyone can remember. Classic novels of the past, including nearly everything by Charles Dickens, have been dramatised … Continue reading

October 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Telling tales

One day, when she was a little girl, my mother lost her temper with her older sister, Dinah, who had been telling lies about her. In her still barely articulate … Continue reading

December 14, 2019 · 1 Comment

The World Turned Upside Down

If you shine a light on fog, all you see is fog. Historians, when they shine a light on the past, are supposed to let us see through the fog, … Continue reading

April 8, 2015 · Leave a comment