The essayist and diarist, Anaïs Nin said: “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect” and nowhere is that more true than in historical fiction. Historical fiction allows readers to step inside the minds of those who came before us, who have shaped our world. We can experience how they lived in the world of their time and imagine the all-too human side of history. Putting fictional flesh on historical bones can teach us a lot – about storytelling, history, and most definitely how we got where we are today.
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