Someone asked at my Glasgow talk what relevance historical fiction has to today’s world. Then yesterday happened. I live in London, I had friends and relatives in London.
The thing is – this has been happening in this city for well over 400 years. Different sets of people, different outcomes, but still the same events.
Other cities, and other people face almost impossible times too, and have done and met them with resilience and grace and courage, and will continue to do so.
Stories may seem silly to us at this time. But I’d argue we need stories more than ever at difficult times. Not just as an escape, although they can be vital for that. But because we read these stories set long ago, or in the future, or in a different world, or about someone totally different from us, and yet we see ourselves reflected. They will have…
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