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Dark Pasts

Sunday 15 September
National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall
10.30 - 11.30am
£9 / £8 conc / £6 student

with E C Fremantle, Alex Reeve and Laura Shepherd-Robinson

Why do some historical periods attract particularly high body counts? If time is said to heal all wounds, what draws so many writers towards novels set in the past? Join E C Fremantle, Alex Reeve and Laura Shepherd-Robinson for a discussion on what drew them to historical crime fiction, the discoveries made through research, and how important plausibility and authenticity are when writing a good story.


About the writers

E.C. Fremantle holds a First for her BA in English and an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck. As Elizabeth Fremantle she is the critically acclaimed author of four Tudor historical novels: Queen’s Gambit, Sisters of Treason, Watch the Lady and The Girl in the Glass Tower. Her latest novel The Poison Bed has drawn comparisons to The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry and Burial Rites by Hannah Kent – an explosive mix of sex, murder, treachery and witchcraftian history. She lives in London and Norfolk. @LizFremantle

‘Warning: this book may well take over your summer. Think Gillian Flynn meets The Miniaturist’ – Waterstones

‘A gripping page-turner that will have you awake long into the night. Ingenious’ – The Times

Image (c) JP Masclet

Alex Reeve lives in Buckinghamshire and is a university lecturer. The Anarchists’ Club is the second in a series of books featuring Leo Stanhope, following on from the 2019 Richard and Judy Book Club pick The House on Half Moon Street. @storyjoy

‘Exquisitely realised…a complete world that feels so real you can almost feel the tobacco smoke wreathing around the chess club sting your eyes, and the damp stink of the Thames. – i

Laura Shepherd-Robinson was born in Bristol in 1976. She has a BSc in Politics from the University of Bristol and an MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics. Laura worked in politics for nearly 20 years before re-entering normal life to complete an MA in Creative Writing at City University. She lives in London with her husband, Adrian. Blood & Sugar is her first novel. @LauraSRobinson

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September 15, 2019 10:30 am September 15, 2019 10:30 am Europe/London Dark Pasts Writers' Centre Norwich –

with E C Fremantle, Alex Reeve and Laura Shepherd-Robinson Why do some historical periods attract particularly high body counts? If time is said to heal all wounds, what draws so many writers towards novels set in the past? Join E C Fremantle, Alex Reeve and Laura Shepherd-Robinson for a discussion on what drew them to […]

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