Imagining the past: the challenge of historical fiction
with Sophia Tobin and Naomi Wood
How do you bring history to life? And how freely can you invent when you draw on real events and real people? Sophia Tobin’s new novel tells the story of two women, a century apart, and the building that unites them; Naomi Wood’s is set in the Bauhaus Art School in Germany. They discuss their writing process and research methods.
Sophia Tobin was raised in Kent and lived in London for many years. She has studied History and History of Art, and worked for a Bond Street antique dealer for six years, specialising in silver and jewellery. She currently works in a library and archive. Her first novel, The Silversmith’s Wife, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2014, her second, The Widow’s Confession, in 2015, and her third, The Vanishing, in 2017. A Map of the Damage appeared earlier this year. She lives in Kent with her husband.
Naomi Wood was born in 1983. Originally from York, she later lived in Hong Kong, Paris and Washington DC. She studied at Cambridge and at UEA (where she now teaches) for her MA in Creative Writing. She is the author of The Godless Boys and Mrs Hemingway, which was shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize and selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club. She was a lecturer at Goldsmiths for several years and in 2017 was chair of the judges for the Goldsmiths Prize. The Hiding Game is her third novel.
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