‘What’s it going to be then, eh?’

There was me, that is Alex, and my three droogs, that is Pete, Georgie, and Dim, Dim being really dim, and we sat in the Korova Milkbar making up our rassoodocks what to do with the evening, a flip dark chill winter bastard…


How to write believable dialogue in historical and science fiction

When William Golding was writing The Inheritors (1955) he had no idea how his characters, who are Neanderthals, might have communicated. So he chose to have them speak in very clear and unambiguous modern English, using short words and simple sentences, for example: ‘Ha and Nil have brought many days’…


7 sources for successful historical fiction

Starting research for a historical novel can be daunting: there is simply so much available material. …


Remember this?

‘…there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know we don’t know.’

Donald…


The key to successful historical fiction

The first sentence of L P Hartley’s novel The Go-Between (1953) holds an important and enduring truth for writers of historical fiction: ‘The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.’ …


When we think about research for writing fiction we tend to overlook the research we’ve already done without knowing it. …

Sarah Burton

Founder of Cambridge University’s Master’s programme in Creative Writing, Sarah’s latest book is the award-winning novel ‘The Strange Adventures of H’.

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