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Truth, lies and historical fiction; How far can an author go?

Truth, lies and historical fiction; How far can an author go? Historical fiction writers teeter along the fine line between literal and literary: Authors Philippa Gregory and Wayne Johnston can tell you that historical novelists have to deal with some odd complaints, most of which stem from the fact that everyone from the living descendents of their fictional characters to the fans of medieval monarchs will cheerfully ignore the words “a novel” blazoned on the…

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Shackleton’s secret lover: Polar explorer was so smitten he named a mountain after her

Shackleton’s secret lover: Polar explorer was so smitten he named a mountain after her It doesn’t get much more romantic than this: He was a fearless polar explorer, undaunted by anything nature could throw at him. But beneath his rugged exterior, it seems Sir Ernest Shackleton was a sensitive soul haunted by the memory of a secret sweetheart. Details of a hitherto hidden romance have surfaced with the discovery of a  collection of lovers’ keepsakes…

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The Brontes and the ultimate taboo: As a lost book by Charlotte Bronte is auctioned, the truth about literature’s oddest family

The Brontes and the ultimate taboo: As a lost book by Charlotte Bronte is auctioned, the truth about literature’s oddest family Tiny tale: The colourful tale of murder and madness is part of a 4,000-word magazine with 19 pages, written by the young Bronte… The document is tiny. Its 19 pages are the size of your credit card. Its author was 14 years old. And it is expected to reach in the region of £300,000…

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