A sense of history

The Covent Garden Ladies, by Hallie RubenholdLast week, Paddington Library hosted a panel talk by historical fiction writers Helen Pike (“The Harlot’s Press”) and Hallie Rubenhold (“Mistress of my Fate”).

It was really pleasing to see such a good turnout, including several members of the library’s Reading Group.

We were entertained and enthralled  by a lively discussion covering issues such as publishing historic fiction in today’s challenging economic environment, the impact that the Kindle has on reading, and the need for authors of historical fiction to edit information in order to communicate and promote their novels to an audience that may be less informed about history.

Mistress of my fate, by Hallie Rubenhold    The Harlot's Press, by Helen Pike    Lady Worsley's Whim, by Hallie Rubenhold

The authors’ novels have broad appeal and are a great way of informing the reader of what life was like in London in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. A number of attendees requested that more of the authors’ novels be purchased for the library – you wish is our command!

[Laurence]

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