5 BOOKS THAT INSPIRED ME TO WRITE #3: Dissolution

The best historical fiction, in my opinion, can only take place at the time in which it is set, and in which the setting is as integral to the plot as character and story. One book that certainly meets this standard is CJ Sansom’s first novel, Dissolution, which I read when it came out in…

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WIN AN EARLY COPY OF BLOOD & SUGAR

I am giving away a signed proof copy of BLOOD & SUGAR (not out until January), along with some 18th century themed goodies: a tote bag, some Hogarth postcards and a little jewellery box. To enter: simply sign up to my mailing list: https://www.laurashepherdrobinson.com/ I will be drawing the winner at random on this Sunday, 28 October…

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5 BOOKS THAT INSPIRED ME TO WRITE #2: The Quincunx

Confession: I like long books. VERY long books. Aside from War and Peace, this one might be the longest I’ve read at a mahoosive 500k words. But my God is it worth it.  The Quincunx has a plot of immense complexity, with all the Dickensian themes: a disputed inheritance lumbering its way through the court…

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5 BOOKS THAT INSPIRED ME TO WRITE #1: An Instance of the Fingerpost

I first read An Instance of the Fingerpost when it came out in 1997, and it’s safe to say that it was like no crime novel I’d ever read before. It was also one of the first historical novels (other than classics) I’d read and kindled a love in me for the genre. I felt…

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