As a child I was gripped by the perils and pleasures of the past. I lost myself in these tales, a welcome antidote to all the limitations of modern life. Stories they were, yes, but stories with a bonus: I invariably and subconsciously learned about times long gone, too. I still love learning as I read, without any conscious reason why I should want to know.
Make no mistake: We are hardwired for story, all of us – and stories which ground us in our heritage deserve to be celebrated in our schools, libraries and bookshops.Ringing the bells for historical fiction