The Curious Origins of Food


You might think when you’re tucking into a vindaloo on a Friday night washed down with a pint or two of lager that you’re taking on the hottest challenge that the Indian kitchen has to…

History On Netflix


I can honestly say I’ve never had so much pleasure from £6.99. For someone who has lived with a broken TV for years Netflix has been my saviour. When i get home from a long day…



Readers have asked whether Graylings, the country seat that Oliver Farraday, one of the main characters in my new novel, owns and dearly loves, was based on a particular National Trust property. I have to admit…


A Bargain Struck by Liz Harris


Ok! I’ll admit it; I’ve been stuck in a historical fiction rut. So when this book landed on my doorstep I thought, “right, I’ll have a go at that”. I’m not sure what I expected,…

A Journey Through Time – A 17th Century Gap Year


Nine  hours  travelling,  squalid  sleeping  arrangements,  too  much  to  drink  and  money  lost  during  late  night  card  games. Not  a  scene  from  a  20th Century  teenage  gap  year,  but  a  young  person’s  17th Century  Grand  Tour,  in …

Serious Question Time With Greg Jenner


You may know him as the self confessed ‘pun-loving twitter obsessive’  slash history nerd, but don’t go writing him off as another history nutter, this guy is legit.  Greg Jenner is a historian and writer with…