Wednesday, March 17, 2010

HT News

Congratulations to Rebecca Cantrell whose book A Trace of Smoke was awarded the The Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery Award at the recent Left Coast Crime event.

Also congratulations to the historical fiction authors who were announced as nominees for the long list of the Orange Prize for Fiction. Given that 12 of the 20 nominees have a historical setting (or at least partial historical setting), you have to say things look good for all historical fiction fans! (All links go to the Orange Prize website).

The Very Thought of You by Rosie Allison (set on the eve of WWII)
Savage Lands by Clare Clark (set in 1700s Louisiana)
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver (set during the Mexican Revolution)
The Long Song by Andrea Levy (slavery)
The Wilding by Maria McCann (post English Civil War)
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel  (Tudor)
Black Mamba Boy by Nadifa Mohamed (1930s Africa)
The White Woman on a Green Bicycle by Monique Roffey (post Colonial Trinidad)
The Still Point by Amy Sackville (partially set at the end of 19th century)
The Help by Kathryn Stockett (1960s American South)
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (post WWII UK)

Hilary Mantel was also recently awarded the National Book Critic's Circle award for fiction for Wolf Hall, so you would think that she would be a favourite to make it onto the Orange Prize shortlist.

On Twitter today, Deanna Raybourn unveiled the new cover concept for her next Lady Julia Grey book, Dark Road to Darjeeling. It is interesting, given that it is different from the more traditional half-headed woman on the cover, but it also has a nod to the 'Twilight' style cover.

I am possibly the last person to discover Laura's Reviews, but now I have found her, I will be returning! At the moment she is giving away The Stolen Crown by Susan Higginbotham (and there is a feature interview with Susan as well), a complete set of the Pendragon's Banner trilogy (and there is a guest post from Helen Hollick as well) and two copies of The Scarlet Lion by Elizabeth Chadwick (with an interview). There are also details of how to win a Quirks Classics prize pack.

There are also two giveaways at Scandalous Women. The first is for The Creation of Eve by Lynn Cullen and the second is for An Invitation to Dance by Marion Urch

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