Sometimes I really wish there were 48 hours in a day so that I could read every book I’m offered. Today’s guest to stay in with me on Linda’s Book Bag, Glynn Holloway, has one such book I really wish I’d had time to read.
Staying in with G K Holloway
Welcome to Linda’s Book Bag, Glynn and thank you for agreeing to stay in with me.
Thank you for inviting me.
Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it?
I’ve brought along my first, and so far, only published book, 1066 What Fates Impose. The sequel is still in manuscript form,so, not quite finished.
(But what an exciting stage to be at Glynn. When the sequel is out you’ll have to come back and tell us all about it.)
What can we expect from an evening in with 1066 What Fates Impose?
A historical novel that brilliantly weaves together fact and fiction in an epic struggle for the English crown. Family feuds, court intrigues, papal plots, assassinations, loyalties, betrayals, a love triangle and a few battles lead the way to the year that changed England forever. These events may have happened almost one thousand years ago, but such is the intensity of the story telling the history comes to life and the reader gets caught up in the events. Even though the outcome is well known, people find they still root for Harold, hoping he’ll somehow win the day.
(I think sometimes, knowing the outcome of a plot but seeing how the author gets us there is the really interesting element Glynn.)
What else have you brought along and why?
I couldn’t help myself; I’ve brought the Bayeux Tapestry. I hope you don’t mind but I’m sure we can find a place to hang it. There are no films, videos or photographs of any of the events, but this pictorial version of my story is a great guide to the history, even if some crucial parts have been left out. I promise I’ll take it back in the morning.
(Crikey – it takes up quite a bit of room doesn’t it? I’ll have to shift some of those photos from our travels from the walls otherwise we’ll never fit it in.)
I’ve also bought along the sound track to the film, The Lord of the Rings. So many of the scenes in the film are like ones in my novel, at least superficially. Great halls, battles, clothing, etc. Because so many people have seen the film, it made my job of writing scenes much easier.
(I bet it did. There are some epic battles there.)
I’ve bought some lovely food as my contribution to the evening. I think you’ll enjoy the roast swan and the goldfinch pie is a favourite with everyone. Oh, and some lovely mead to wash it all down.
(I’ll have a glass of the mead, thanks, but I think I’ll pass on the food. I’m not certain goldfinch pie is to my taste.)
Thanks so much for staying in with me Glynn. I know I’d love 1066 What Fates Impose and I wish you every success with the novel.
1066 What Fates Impose
England is in crisis. King Edward has no heir and promises never to produce one. There are no obvious successors available to replace him, but quite a few claimants are eager to take the crown. While power struggles break out between the various factions at court, enemies abroad plot to make England their own. There are raids across the borders with Wales and Scotland.
Harold Godwinson, Earl of Wessex, is seen by many as the one man who can bring stability to the kingdom. He has powerful friends and two women who love him, but he has enemies will stop at nothing to gain power. As 1066 begins, England heads for an uncertain future. It seems even the heavens are against Harold.
Intelligent and courageous, can Harold forge his own destiny – or does he have to bow to what fates impose?
Published by Matador, 1066 What Fates Impose is available for purchase here.
About G K Holloway
After graduating from Coventry University with an honours degree in history and politics, G K Holloway worked in education in and around Bristol, England, where he now lives with his wife and two children. After reading a biography about Harold Godwinson, G K studied the late Anglo-Saxon era in detail and visited all the locations mentioned in the sources. When he had enough material to weave together facts and fiction he produced his novel.
1066 What Fates Impose is the product of all that research – and some imagination. A sequel is on its way.