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Robert Stephen Parry

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Robert Stephen Parry is a UK writer of historical fiction with interests in a wide range of time periods, from Tudor & Elizabethan England, through 18th Century Georgian, right up to the era of Victorian Pre-Raphaelite art and the Belle Époque. A fresh and original voice in historical fiction, his work combines reality, mystery and imagination within a well-researched and vivid historical setting. Publications to date include:

2015 THE HOURS BEFORE - A Story of Mystery and Suspense from the Belle Époque
2014 ELIZABETH - The Virgin Queen and the Men who Loved Her.
2013 WILDISH - A Story Concerning Different Kinds of Love
2011 THE ARROW CHEST - A Victorian Mystery
2009 VIRGIN AND THE CRAB - Sketches, Fables and Mysteries from the Early Life of

This week saw the 6th anniversary of publication of my Tudor novel 'Virgin and the Crab' - and what better way to celebrate than with a makeover for the cover?

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As you can see, essentially, this meant saying farewell to my prickly crab/moon picture and replacing it with a fetching portrait of a young Elizabeth Tudor - as she might have appeared at the ages in the story (in which... Read more of this blog post »
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The Arrow Chest
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Virgin and the Crab - Sketc...
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Elizabeth - The Virgin Quee...
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The Hours Before
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“Writing a novel is a bit like making a sword. First, you take all the raw material and melt it down in a crucible, then you take it to the anvil and hammer out as many of the impurities as possible before folding and turning the whole thing over on itself and hammering it out again. The more often you can fold it over and incorporate another layer the stronger it will be. Finally, put an edge on it, give it a handle to show to the world, and the job's done. The result should be something flexible and elegant; perfectly balanced, of suitable length and, above all with a point to it.”
Robert Stephen Parry

“I believe we do well to fall asleep each night with books. We enter the library of our dreams in good company then.”
Robert Stephen Parry, The Hours Before


Historical fiction won the tie breaker and so will be our genre for August. Our discussion will begin on August 16 (we will have a break on August 9 due to my being out of town). Last day to vote in this poll will be Tuesday, July 26.

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“I believe we do well to fall asleep each night with books. We enter the library of our dreams in good company then.”
Robert Stephen Parry, The Hours Before

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message 2: by Karla

Karla No problem. It was a pleasure to review and to read :)

Lizzie Hello Robert nice to see you here too.

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