Book of the Week: The Temptation of Elizabeth Tudor (An Interview with Elizabeth Norton)

Elizabeth Norton's new book The Temptation of Elizabeth Tudor covers the riveting story of the sex scandal that threatened the life of the young Elizabeth Tudor, and whose outcome was pivotal to the creation of the public persona of Elizabeth I.

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Exclusive extract from Warheart by Terry Goodkind

To celebrate the release of Warheart, the grand finale of Terry Goodkind's legendary Sword of Truth series, here is an exclusive extract from the novel...


Feeling hot and light-headed, Kahlan stiffened her back as she stood at the head of the funeral pyre, staring down at Richard’s body laid out before her. The light mist and fitful drizzle felt cold on her face, like ice against the grief burning inside her. Wet cobblestones glistened in the late-day light. Irregular pools of standing water reflected parts of the citadel rising up beyond and the stone guard tower nearby, with the occasional tears of rain distorting those reflections.

Extract from Elegy by Andrew Roberts

‘Has the enemy’s front line been Captured?’ asked the commanding officer of the 1st Battalion of the Newfound- land Regiment, Lt.-Col. Arthur Hadow. The reply he received from his 88th Brigade headquarters was terse: ‘The situation is not cleared up.’ It was 8.45 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, 1 July 1916—a beautiful summer’s morning with a clear blue sky—and Hadow had been given orders by his immediate supe- rior, Brig. Douglas E. Cayley, to advance ‘as soon as possible’ to support the attack of the 87th Brigade on the German trenches situated in front of ‘Y’ Ravine at Beaumont Hamel north of the river Ancre in Picardy. He inquired whether ‘as soon as possible’ meant that he was expected to attack without the support of the 1st Battalion of the Essex Regiment on his right flank, and was told that it did.1 The Newfoundlanders were going to have to attack alone.

Louise Welsh podcast for Radio Gorgeous

Acclaimed, Glasgow-based writer Louise Welsh has curated a collection of 100 Ghost Stories To Read With The Lights On. We are understandably as obsessed with our dead and death as we are with life and while we may yearn for the return of our loved ones, we are terrified what form that return might take. She has chosen authors both dead and alive (ghostwriters!) from Edgar Allan Poe to Hilary Mantel and includes ghosts and hauntings of many descriptions. Happy Haunting!



Honey Mustard Glazed Sausages from The One Pot Cook


• 4-6 medium-large potatoes, cut into 5cm thick wedges
• 1 cauliflower, cut into florets
• 12 good-quality sausages
• 3 tbsp olive or other vegetable oil
• 1 tsp smoked paprika
• 2 tbsp honey
• 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
• a big squeeze of lemon juice