History, Imagination, and Invention

Hilary Mantel is giving this year’s Reith Lectures on history and fiction and we invite anyone interested in her talks and her work to join in discussion of her lectures here. If you would like to blog for us on any aspect of Mantel’s Lectures or how you address issues she raises in your own … Continue reading History, Imagination, and Invention

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Adam Thorpe’s Ulverton

The next book for the online discussion group #storypast is Adam Thorpe's Ulverton (1992), an extraordinary novel about an English village, told over three hundred years by twelve of its inhabitants. We'll be discussing the novel on twitter via our hashtag #storypast on Thursday 3 November, 1-2pm GMT but you can use the hashtag before … Continue reading Adam Thorpe’s Ulverton

History Writing and Family History: Alison Light’s ‘Common People’

Alice Violett kicks off our discussion of Alison Light’s Common People: The History of an English Family. Alice is in the 3rd year of her PhD at Essex University on ‘Public Perceptions and Personal Experiences of Only Children, c. 1850-1950’ and aims to ‘bust the old stereotypes about 'selfish, smug' only children’. She blogs weekly … Continue reading History Writing and Family History: Alison Light’s ‘Common People’

Alison Light’s Common People: The History of an English Family

Our next discussion at Storying the Past is on Alison Light’s Common People: The History of an English Family (Penguin, 2014). This time our conversation will be beamed live from the Social History Society conference at Lancaster University. We will be live-tweeting the discussion which you can join via our hashtag #storypast as well as … Continue reading Alison Light’s Common People: The History of an English Family

Julia Blackburn’s Threads. The Delicate Life of John Craske

The next book for the Storying the Past online reading group is Julia Blackburn’s Threads. The Delicate Life of John Craske (London: Jonathan Cape, 2015). We invite you to join in the discussion on Twitter on Thursday 21 January between 17:30-18:30 (GMT) or in the comments here. The blog below is by Helen Rogers. Contact … Continue reading Julia Blackburn’s Threads. The Delicate Life of John Craske