Book Club: The Burning Chambers

Our next Book Club meeting will be in November. To follow on from our talk with best-selling author Kate Mosse, we will be reading The Burning Chambers. A gripping tale of love and betrayal set against the backdrop of the Wars of Religion in 16thcentury France,  The Burning Chambers is the first of an exciting new […]

Book Club: La Reine Margot Movie

Next month we are trying something new with the Book Club. We will be discussing the movie La Reine Margot (1994), an adaptation of the Dumas novel that our Book Club has previously read, and discussing movie and TV adaptations of historical novels in general. We are also looking to discuss Versailles, a historical TV series set […]

Book Club Review: How To Stop Time

Matt Haig’s How To Stop Time is deliberately different to any books we have read so far. Previously, authors like Plaidy have given us very straight-forward takes on the historical novel, to the point that we are able to learn our history from them. Haig’s work is less a historical novel and more science-fiction. The […]

Book Club Review: The Huguenots

In March, our Book Club read The Huguenots by Geoffrey Treasure. Breaking away from reading historical fiction, we got stuck into this in-depth, non-fiction account of the Huguenot experience in France across two centuries. We wanted to have a deeper understanding of political and religious landscape shaping the fiction that we had already been reading, […]