Thursday, 20 January 2022

Author Interview ~ Nicholas Jubber

 


On Publication Day of The Fairy Tellers I am delighted to welcome its author


Nicholas Jubber


to tell us more about his book




Welcome to Jaffareadstoo, Nicholas, thank you for spending time with us today.  What inspired you to write The Fairy Tellers?


Fairy tales thrilled me in childhood - classics like ‘The Snow Queen’, ‘Rumpelstiltskin’, ‘The Ebony Horse’. I’d imagine myself riding on a reindeer’s back like Gerda or working the levers of the wooden horse like the Arabian prince. As a student, I wrote and put on a play about fairy tale characters, and found these stories were still bubbling in my head. So when, a decade and a half later, I was looking for stories to tell my children, the traditional tales weren’t very far out of mind. But now I was itching with a particular question: who were the people behind these tales? This question came partly from my lifelong interest in fairy tales, and partly from my curiosity about what goes on behind the scenes - whether it’s at the theatre, movies or anything else. So that set me on a quest to learn about some of the long-ago tellers of tales and the lives they led.


Where was your starting point? And how did you decide which fairy tellers to write about?


There were so many potential starting points, such as the first written ‘Western’ fairy tale, from 2nd century North Africa, or a 9th century Chinese version of Cinderella, or a medieval Indian story collection - which features prominently in the book. But I decided to start in Naples with Giambattista Basile, a charismatic storyteller who was kicked around the courts of 17th century Italy, often in the wake of his singing sensation sister Adriana. Giambattista’s book, The Tale of Tales, is a charming and often surprising anthology of fairy tales, and it’s the first written European fairy tale collection, with early versions of iconic tales such as ‘Cinderella’, ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and ‘Rapunzel’, so I felt it was a good entry point. Plus, Giambattista’s world is still wonderfully accessible: for all that Naples has changed over the centuries, the raucous atmosphere of his time still hums through its streets.

As for choosing which fairy tellers to write about - this came about organically. I wanted to cover a wide spectrum of the world and a wide spectrum of stories. I was keen to include a range of tellers, women and men, people from different social and ethnic backgrounds, and people who covered different angles on ‘fairy-telling’ - inventors of tales like Hans Christian Andersen, collectors of tales like Ivan Khudiakov, and the sources who told tales to collectors, like Dortchen Wild. I spent a lot of time thinking about this selection, so I hope it offers the reader a varied and interesting cross-section of fairy tale history.


What were the challenges?


I had already done a lot of travel and research when the pandemic struck. In early 2020, I’d been travelling between Italy, France and Germany, and was attending a witches’ festival in the Black Forest, when I learned that Northern Italy had transformed into a central zone of the virus. The lockdowns forced me to change many of my plans. I found myself looking back at notes from travels in places like Kashmir and Syria, exploring the lives of storytellers like the medieval Indian poet Somadeva and the 18th century teller of ‘Aladdin’, Hanna Dyab, through my jottings from those journeys. I sought out experts around the world, received documents from Delhi, Berlin and Kiev, and spoke via Zoom to scholars and storytellers in America, India, Egypt, Russia and many other places, people who might have been harder to get hold of if they hadn’t been, like me, stuck at home. So, whilst it was a tricky time to write a book (especially with homeschooling two small children!), there were also opportunities that I might not have found if circumstances had been different.


In your research did you find anything that surprised you?


Lots of things surprised me. For example, discovering that the Italian storyteller Giambattista Basile drank at the same Neapolitan taverna around the same time as the painter Caravaggio, who was wounded there in the early 17th century; or that Hans Christian Andersen visited the Brothers Grimm in Berlin and was very disappointed when Jacob Grimm admitted he’d never heard of him. These connections, joining up storytellers and other artists around the world, really fascinated me, as did the ways their lives were affected by the big events going on in the world around them - the impact of the Napoleonic Wars on the work of the Brothers Grimm, for example, as well as on the life of Hans Christian Andersen. Perhaps the biggest surprise was the life of the Russian storyteller Ivan Khudiakov. I’d originally planned to write about a completely different Russian storyteller, but when I started learning about Ivan’s extraordinary life - tramping around the villages of Russia in search of tales, and involving himself with ‘nihilists’ bent on assassinating the Tsar - I knew I’d have to scrap my previous plans and find out more about this strange, tragic figure. Many of the tales he collected lead to the macabre witch Baba Yaga and her hut on chicken legs, but in many ways Ivan’s life was even stranger, and darker!


Do you have a favourite fairy tale?


It’s hard to pick out one favourite! There are so many and I’ve been really excited by many tales that I didn’t know about before. But the one that’s stuck deepest inside me is ‘The Snow Queen’. I love the journey Gerda undertakes to rescue her friend Kai. As a child I dreamed of travelling by reindeer across Lapland like Gerda. On my journey, I got to meet a reindeer herder in Lapland and spend some time with his herd, and I also interviewed ballet performers in Copenhagen who were putting on a production of ‘The Snow Queen’. The costumes and sets were designed by Queen Margrethe, and I learned from the director of the show that ‘The Snow Queen’ is her favourite fairy tale too!


What do you hope readers will take away from The Fairy Tellers?


I hope readers will be introduced to many tales that haven’t been given the attention they deserve - wonderful tales like ‘The Flea’, about a princess forced to marry an ogre and how she escapes; or ‘The Golden City’, a mesmerising Indian tale about a gambler who sets out on an adventure in search of a mythical city, getting swallowed by a giant fish and riding a magical talking bird along the way. I hope they’ll feel they’ve dipped into the lives of the people behind these tales, and experienced the worlds they came from, and that they’re as excited as me by the way these stories connect around the world.


How can readers find out more about you and your work?


You can find out more at my website www.nickjubber.com, or you can follow me on twitter @jubberstravels or see pictures from my travels on instagram - nick.jubber. I’m also hoping to do lots of talks and events about The Fairy Tellers, and I’ll be posting information about that on my website.

The Fairy Tellers: A Journey into the Secret History of Fairy Tales is published by John Murray Press, priced at £20 and available online and from all good bookshops.






Nicholas Jubber has travelled in the Middle East, Central Asia, North and East Africa and across Europe. Along the way, he has worked as a teacher, carpet-washer and even had a stint as a tannery assistant. He has written three previous books, The Timbuktu School for Nomads, The Prester Quest (winner of the Dolman Travel Book Award) and Drinking Arak off an Ayatollah's Beard (shortlisted for the Dolman Award). He has written for numerous publications, including the Guardian, Observer, Globe and Mail, Irish Times and BBC History.


Twitter @jubberstravels  #TheFairyTellers


@BookPublicistUK




Huge thanks to Nicholas for spending time with us today. 

We wish you good fortune with your book.







๐Ÿ“– Publication Day Book Review ~ The Fairy Tellers by Nicholas Jubber



John Murray Press
20 January 2022

My thanks to the publishers and Emma at the Book Publicist for my copy of this book



Fairy-Tales are not just fairy-tales: they are records of historical phenomena, telling us something about how Western civilisation was formed. In The Fairy Tellers, award-winning travel-writer Nick Jubber explores the secret history of fairy-tales: the people who told them, the landscapes that forged them, and the cultures that formed them.

While there are certain names inextricably entwined with the concept of a fairy-tale, such as the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen, the most significant tellers are long buried under the more celebrated figures who have taken the credit for their stories - people like the Syrian storyteller Youhenna Diab and the Wild Sisters of Cassel. Without them we would never have heard of Aladdin, his Magic Lamp or the adventures of Hansel and Gretel.

Tracking these stories to their sources carries us through the steaming cities of Southern Italy and across the Mediterranean to the dust-clogged alleys of the Maghreb, under the fretting leaves of the Black Forest, deep into the tundra of Siberia and across the snowy hills of Lapland.

From North Africa and Siberia, this book illuminates the complicated relationship between Western civilisation and the 'Eastern' cultures it borrowed from, and the strange lives of our long lost fairy-tellers.


๐Ÿ“– My thoughts..

For me, there is something endlessly fascinating about fairy tales. I've loved them since I was old enough to listen and still enjoy reading tales from enchanted forests, of witches and princesses, princes and demons. That the stories span history and continents, folklore and legend, is what makes each fairy tale so unique.

In The Fairy Tellers the author takes us a comprehensive journey into this magical world of landscape and culture, explaining the history behind the stories, the inspiration and the beguiling nature of tales from storytellers which have been handed down generation by generation until they have become as intrinsic a part of our collective culture as the air we breathe.

Reading like a travelogue and breaking down the book into seven distinct parts we get to learn more about the origins and connections of some of our well known fairy tales. I especially enjoyed the fairy story which heads each chapter and which whisk us away to a magical world. The quirky line drawings which are interspersed within the text also add a lovely sense of atmosphere.

Beautifully written, extensively researched, and as descriptive as a history book, I found The Fairy Tellers completely absorbing.  Dipping into and out of the book, at whim, I discovered things I didn't know about the origins of the long lost fairy-tellers, those shadowy people, whose bright imagination once brought all our classic fairy tales to vibrant life.


You can read an interview with the author by clicking here


Best read with...a glass of milk and chocolate chip cookies









Nicholas Jubber has travelled in the Middle East, Central Asia, North and East Africa and across Europe. Along the way, he has worked as a teacher, carpet-washer and even had a stint as a tannery assistant. He has written three previous books, The Timbuktu School for Nomads, The Prester Quest (winner of the Dolman Travel Book Award) and Drinking Arak off an Ayatollah's Beard (shortlisted for the Dolman Award). He has written for numerous publications, including the Guardian, Observer, Globe and Mail, Irish Times and BBC History.


Twitter @jubberstravels  #TheFairyTellers


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@BookPublicistUK






Wednesday, 19 January 2022

๐Ÿ“– Book Review ~ I know What You've Done by Dorothy Koomson

 

Headline
December 2021

My thanks to the publisher and ed pr for my copy of this book



What if all your neighbours’ secrets landed in a diary on your doorstep?

What if the woman who gave it to you was murdered by one of the people in the diary?

What if the police asked if you knew anything?

Would you hand over the book of secrets?

Or … would you try to find out what everyone had done?


๐Ÿ“– My Review...

Oh, what a tangled web we weave springs to mind about the people who call Acacia Villas in Brighton their home and with this talented author in charge of the comings and goings of their lives, well nothing is ever going to be as it seems. What we have in I Know What You've Done is an intricately woven piece of literary tapestry in which all the residents of Acacia Villas have a role to play and no stone is left unturned in the quest to pore over the minutiae of everyone's lives.

Priscilla is the one to watch as she can see the whole of the street from her house and boy, does she observe what everyone is up to, so much so that she writes it all down in her diary, and that's when things start to get interesting especially when someone tries to kill her.  Leaving one of the residents in possession of this infamous diary only serves to put everyone under the spotlight and heightens the tension in this classy mystery. Once I got used to the moving around in time I was absolutely glued to the page and couldn't wait to find out exactly what was going on and who was really out to get Priscilla. There are so many dirty little secrets waiting to be discovered and the excitement of finding out just how many neighbours would be exposed is what makes the story so deliciously readable.

Clever, sophisticated and with all the trademark brilliance which this author brings to her stories I Know What You've Done is my favourite of her stories to date... but then all of Dorothy Koomson's stories are my favourites ๐Ÿ˜‰


Best Read with... a chilled glass of Prosecco and a few crackers..



About the Author


Dorothy Koomson is the award-winning author of fifteen novels including the Sunday Times bestsellers My Best Friend’s Girl, The Ice Cream Girls and Goodnight, Beautiful. Dorothy’s novels have been translated into over 30 languages, and a TV adaptation based on The Ice Cream Girls was shown on ITV1 in 2013. After briefly living in Australia, Dorothy now lives in Brighton.


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Tuesday, 18 January 2022

Book Review ~ The Ladies of the Secret Circus by Constance Sayers

 

Piatkus
11 November 2021

My thanks to the publishers for my copy of this book


The surest way to get a ticket to Le Cirque Secret is to wish for it...

Paris, 1925: To enter the Secret Circus is to enter a world of wonder – a world where women weave illusions, carousels take you back in time, and trapeze artists float across the sky. Bound to her family’s circus, it’s the only world Cecile Cabot knows until she meets a charismatic young painter and embarks on a passionate affair that could cost her everything.

Virginia, 2004: Lara Barnes is on top of the world, but when her fiancรฉ disappears on their wedding day every plan she has for the future comes crashing down. Desperate, Lara’s search for answers unexpectedly leads to her great-grandmother’s journals.

Swept into a story of a dark circus and ill-fated love, secrets about Lara’s family history come to light and reveal a curse that has been claiming payment from the women in her family for generations. A curse that might be tied to her fiance's mysterious fate.


My Thoughts...

Family secrets, with a hint of fantasy, takes us on a journey into the hidden world of the ladies of the secret circus which begins with the intriguing mystery of a groom disappearing on his wedding day, that the same thing happens every thirty or so years is what makes the premise of the book so intriguing.

The Ladies of the Secret Circus is a story of guarded secrets which span decades taking us into the alternating world of 1920s Paris and back to America in the 2000s and with two very different narrators who gradually reveal a shadowy and secret world which you enter only if you dare. Once I became involved with the story, and I must admit that it took a while, I started to enjoy watching how the story unfolded. The magical realism part of the tale is handled imaginatively, with good attention to detail, although my guess is that the story could have been more succinct in places. 

Part historical fiction, part magical realism/fantasy, The Ladies of the Secret Circus is an interesting family drama which shows how hidden secrets from so long ago can have a devastating effect on future generations. 


Best read with...a glass of champagne and a red delicious apple.




Constance Sayers received her MA in English from George Mason University and her BA in writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a media executive at Atlantic Media. She has been twice named to Folio’s list of “Top 100 Media People in America” and was included in their list of “Top Women in Media.” She is the co-founder of the Thoughtful Dog literary magazine and lives in Kensington, Maryland.


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Monday, 17 January 2022

๐Ÿ“– Blog Tour ~ Unfaithful by J L Butler

 


Thrilled to join in with this blog tour today


Harper Fiction
20 January 2022

My thanks to the publishers and RandomTTours for my copy of the book
and the invitation to the Blog Tour


Rachel Reeves has it all. The perfect family, a rich husband, and a gorgeous home. But when her only child flies the nest, Rachel feels lost – and succumbs to a mind-blowing one-night stand. Instantly regretting her infidelity, Rachel cuts ties with Chris. But he won’t let her go that easily. She erases him from her life – until a text changes everything. Someone knows what she did. And they’re ready to destroy her entire life because of it.


๐Ÿ“– My Thoughts...

On the surface Rachel Reeves has everything, a rich and successful husband, a cherished daughter away at University, and a beautiful home in London. However, everything in Rachel's gilded cage is not as it seems, so when an opportunity presents itself for Rachel to return to the publishing career she left eighteen years ago she is eager for the chance to stand on her own. However, after a very passionate meeting with someone from her past, Rachel is about to step into a totally new world, a world which will drive her to the very edge of reason and into a downward spiral of disgrace.

When Rachel starts to be targeted by a stalker who is sending her menacing and disturbing messages, Unfaithful becomes much more than just a story about the after effects of marital infidelity. The plot starts to move in a deeply disturbing direction stripping back everything layer by layer until Rachel's whole world becomes one of deep suspicion. The plot is tight, and tense, and moves along quickly, and what is so brilliant about the story is that we, like Rachel, are left guessing, and with far more questions than answers, the many twists and turns in the plot certainly had me reeling when all was finally revealed.

Dark, dangerous and utterly compelling, I finished Unfaithful in a couple of sittings finding the book difficult to leave alone until I knew just who was targeting Rachel with such venom.


Best read with ...one cocktail too many and pasta with clams


About the Author




J.L. Butler trained as a lawyer and journalist. J.L. Butler is the pseudonym for international and Sunday Times bestseller, Tasmina Perry. Her books have been translated into seventeen languages and sold over two million copies worldwide.



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Sunday, 16 January 2022

๐ŸดSunday Brunch with Jaffareadsoo ~ Terri Nixon




On this quiet Sunday morning why don't you put the kettle on, make your favourite breakfast and settle down for Sunday Brunch with Jaffareadstoo








I'm delighted to welcome Terri Nixon to Sunday Brunch







๐ŸดWelcome, Terri. What favourite food are you bringing to Sunday brunch?

Oh, toast! ALWAYS toast! Usually with Marmite, but perhaps today’s more of a honey kind of vibe, since it’s a rainy January day.
 

Would you like a pot of English breakfast tea, a strong Americano, or a glass of Bucks Fizz?

I’m a bit of a coward when it comes to coffee; I’m a Gold Blend instant type of person, but I do enjoy a cup of tea now and again, so English breakfast would be ideal, thank you!
 

Where shall we eat brunch – around the kitchen table, in the formal dining room, or outside on the patio?

Anything formal sends me running for the hills! I think sitting at the kitchen table with tea and toast sounds just about perfect.
 

Shall we have music playing in the background, and if so do you have a favourite piece of music?

I’m a bit of an old rocker at heart; years in a motorcycle club have left their mark – but I think, as accompaniment to a nice chat, I’d be very happy with some Moody Blues going on in the background, and my favourite of their tracks is Legend of a Mind. It’s about 8 minutes long, so that should do it!
 

Which of your literary heroes (dead or alive) are joining us for Sunday Brunch today?

On my right we have Stephen King, don’t mind him scribbling; he never seems to stop these days, which is GREAT! On my left, Walter Scott is enjoying a much-earned rest after writing some stonking romantic adventures. Diana Gabaldon sends her apologies; she’s in close conference with Sam Heughan over his portrayal of Jamie Fraser in Outlander. Lucky Diana!
 

Which favourite book will you bring to Sunday Brunch?

Stephen King’s The Stand – a huge and complex story, with a traditional, though apocalyptic, good Vs evil premise. Wonderful characters I enjoy meeting time and time again. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve returned to this book.
 


This Edition
Hodder&Stoughton 2011



When you are writing do you still find time to read for pleasure? And is there a book you would like to read but haven’t had time for …yet!

I get far too little time to read; a few minutes at bedtime before my eyes get too tired, though on days when I’m at my day job I do get lunchtimes as well. And there are so many books on my TBR, I can’t even begin to list them! I got two books for Christmas which I hope to get to very soon though: Billy Summers by Stephen King, and Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone, by Diana Gabaldon.



Century 2021




Where do you find the inspiration for your novels?

Weirdly, mostly from each other. The initial inspiration for my first novel came from the stories my grandmother used to tell us about her time in service, but since then it’s been the paths the characters have chosen that have led me to explore them further. A good example of this is how a secondary character in my debut novel was getting in the way a bit, so I sent her off to become an ambulance driver when the war began. The next two books followed her, and became very heavily war-based, and in the end all three books grew from each other.

Another factor is places I’ve been to and lived in. I was born in Devon, and grew up on the edge of Bodmin Moor, so most of my sagas are set in and around Devon and Cornwall. A never-ending source of inspiration, from both moorland and coast. I also spent a lot of time with family in Scotland, and I now write crime novels set in that particular area of the Highlands.
 

Have you a favourite place to settle down to write and do you find it easier to write in winter or summer?

When my youngest son moved out, I took over his bedroom and converted it into an office, so I’m enormously lucky to now have a dedicated space, with a desk and room for all my research books. Before then I had to move my sitting room furniture around each time I wanted to settle down to more than an hour’s writing, and clear it all away again afterwards. So I really appreciate this space I have now! And I’m definitely a winter person; I love hearing the rain hitting the window while I write. It helps too, because I’m so often writing about “vile” (or should I say, “challenging”?) weather in my books.


When writing to a deadline are you easily distracted and if so how do you bring back focus on your writing?

I’m nearly always on some kind of deadline, and I’m SO easily distracted it’s not even funny! The slightest thing, and I’m away. I’m not even sure how I bring the focus back really. I just know that, somehow, I get my manuscripts delivered on time – often early – and they’re pretty clean, too. I have to put my trust in whatever guiding spirit is pushing me to complete my projects, because it/they are doing a bang-up job so far!


Give us four essential items that a writer needs?

I know some people like music, but I personally need: silence, a good chair, a reliable laptop, and confidence in my project.


What can you tell us about your latest novel or your current work in progress?

My most recent publication is A Cornish Homecoming, which is the final book in my Fox Bay series. The saga follows the fortunes of a family who, for various reasons, are forced to give up their lavish lifestyle and move to a family-run hotel in Cornwall. The original story follows matriarch Helen, as she brings up her 3 children and struggles to turn the fortunes of the hotel around; the following 2 books focus on different characters; the final one being Leah Marshall, a former con-artist and close family friend, who is searching for the excitement she’d left behind… and finds a bit too much of it!



Piatkus
2021


1930, Liverpool. Reformed con-artist Leah Marshall has long yearned for the thrills of her former life. Now she has the chance to relive it all as an exciting new 'game' beckons, but she soon discovers the rules have changed. One slip-up and she could lose everything . . . including her life.

Back home in Cornwall, the Foxes are making their own difficult decisions. An old agreement has turned sour, putting the hotel at risk once more, and the children have grown and are embarking on their own, sometimes perilous, paths. Matriarch Helen Fox knows she must take charge of her own future now, or be left alone while her family and home splinter around her. Should she hold on a little longer, or let go and move on?

But when a new and deadly danger steps through the revolving doors of Fox Bay Hotel, Helen finds it might not be her choice to make after all.



Terri, where can we follow you on social media?

Twitter @terrinixon


Instagram @NixonAuthor




Terri was born in Plymouth in 1965. At the age of 9 she moved with her family to North Hill, Cornwall, a small village on the edge of Bodmin Moor where she discovered a love of writing that has stayed with her ever since. Terri is the author of the Oaklands Manor Trilogy, the Lynher Mill Chronicles, the Penhaligon Saga, and the Fox Bay Saga. She is currently working on a brand new series, the first of which, Tyndall’s Folly, will be released in December 2022.

She has co-written, as half of Clarke Nixon, 2 books in the Children of Sinai series, with Shelley Clarke. She also writes crime as R.D. Nixon, and is the author of Crossfire, the first book in the Clifford-Mackenzie Crime series, set in a small community in the Scottish Highlands. Book 2, Fair Game, is out on 8 March 2022.

Terri now lives in Plymouth again, and works in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business at Plymouth University.



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Saturday, 15 January 2022

๐Ÿ“– Hist Fic Saturday ~ A Marriage of Lions by Elizabeth Chadwick

 


On Hist Fic Saturday


Let's go back to ... 1238


Sphere
2021


My thanks to the publisher for my copy of this book


England, 1238

Raised at the court of King Henry III as a chamber lady to the queen, young Joanna of Swanscombe's life changes forever when she comes into an inheritance far above all expectations, including her own.

Now a wealthy heiress, Joanna's arranged marriage to the King's charming, tournament-loving half-brother William de Valence immediately stokes the flames of political unrest as more established courtiers object to the privileges bestowed on newcomers.

As Joanna and William strive to build a life together, England descends into a bitter civil war. In mortal danger, William is forced to run for his life, and Joanna is left with only her wit and courage to outfox their enemies and prevent them from destroying her husband, her family, and their fortunes.



๐Ÿ“– My review ..

From her early childhood, Joanna of Swanscombe was brought up at the court of Henry III where she became a trusted member of the royal household. When the King's half-brother, William de Valance came to live at court in 1247 he and Joanna were married and it is their long, and complex, relationship which forms the heart of the story. Against the background of civil unrest, particularly leading up to the Second Barons War led by Simon de Montfort, William and Joanna will have their loyalty to the King tested beyond limits.

As always Elizabeth Chadwick gets right into the centre of the medieval world and brings to life the sights, sounds and atmosphere of a country in turmoil. A weak King and a set of ambitious courtiers make the perfect combination for political intrigue and with her usual fine eye for historical accuracy the complex story of early medieval politics comes to life. Whilst I knew a little about Simon de Montfort, I knew nothing of Joanna and William, so all credit to the author for giving the chance for lesser known figures from history to have their moment in the spotlight.

Beautifully written, with a fascinating second half to the story, A Marriage of Lions brings the medieval world to life with all the complexities of chivalric rivalry, political skulduggery and murderous intrigue. Bringing history alive is what this talented author does best and A Marriage of Lions continues this tradition in fine style.


Best Read with... a tankard of ale and a bowl of beef pottage



Much of Elizabeth Chadwick’s research is carried out as a member of Regia Anglorum, an early mediaeval re-enactment society with emphasis on accurately re-creating the past. She also tutors in the skill of writing historial and romantic fiction. She won a Betty Trask Award for The Wild Hunt and has been shortlisted for the RNA Awards four times ( Publisher)



Twitter @ChadwickAuthor #AMarriageofLions