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June, 2011:

Last Train From Liguria by Christine Dwyer Hickey

Last Train From Liguria by Christine Dwyer HickeyFor the life of me, I simply cannot remember where I picked up the recommendation to read Christine Dwyer Hickey’s novel Last Train From Liguria but a big thank you to whoever it was. I suppose it is an indication of the depth of talent that is out there, but it always amazes me slightly to come across someone who writes as well as this, who already has a back catalogue of four or five novels, and yet you have simply not heard of them before. All I can say is long may it remain that way, as finding new authors to delve into is what keeps the reading life fresh and unpredictable – a change is as good as a rest so they say.

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Author Spotlight – Robert Wilton

Robert Wilton ImageThose of you who read my recent review of  The Emperor’s Gold by Robert Wilton may recall me mentioning the author’s rather interesting credentials for writing historical fiction. Robert read History at Oxford before completing an MA in History and Culture at The University of London. On top of this, a career in the Ministry of Defence and the Cabinet Office not only allowed him to stumble across the records of the Comptrollerate-General which feature so heavily in his debut novel, it has also allowed for the extensive travel and variety of experience which from the sound of his answers to my questions below, is surely going to result in some fascinating work to come.

All in all, I would love to be able to fast forward ten or so years into Robert’s writing career, as it sounds as though we may be in for some real historical and political treats.

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The Emperor’s Gold by Robert Wilton

The Emperor's Gold by Robert WiltonCorvus Books (an imprint of Atlantic Books) are starting to become a bit of a happy hunting ground for me in finding emerging talent in the crime and historical fiction genres to review. I was therefore more than a little fascinated by the sound of a debut novel called The Emperor’s Gold by Robert Wilton; this was not only because of my rapidly growing interest in well written historical fiction, but also due in no small part to Mr. Wilton’s packed c.v.

I won’t go into more detail here as I’m hoping to save that for a featured author post in the near future (#edit – which you can now read here), but suffice to say degrees in history from Oxford and London Universities and a career in the Ministry of Defence certainly appeared to give him all the right credentials.

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The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver

The Lacuna by Barbara KingsolverWhat do you get if you cross a young man, a Russian political exile, a couple of Mexican artists and a United States in the grip of paranoia? Well if you’re lucky you might just get Barbara Kingsolver’s novel The Lacuna.

I have never read any of her books up until now, and I’d been meaning to get around to reading The Poisonwood Bible but this one arrived in my to be read pile first. Many reviewers have judged it to be not really up there with Poisonwood so how did I get on with it myself?

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