Liz Fremantle's bok, Queen's Gambit has been selected as one of the titles to be given away on World Book Night 2015.

It is such a pleasure to announce that two regular and one reserve History Girl have been nominated for the prestigious Carnegie Medal for children's fiction. Catherine Johnson's Sawbones, Tanya Landman's Buffalo Soldier and Elizabeth Laird's The Fastest Boy in the World are all on the list. Many congratulations to them and we hope to see them on the shortlist in due course!

We have lost several of our regular History Girls this summer: Theresa Breslin, Louise Berridge, Katherine Roberts, Dianne Hofmeyr, Eve Edwards and Harriet Castor had been with us from the beginning and we will miss them.

We have some new writers to replace them: Tanya Landman, Carol Drinkwater, Y.S. Lee, Christina Koning, Lydia Syson, Gillian Polack and Ann Swinfen. We welcome them to the blog and look forward to their posts.

Michelle Lovric has been elected a Companion of the Guild of St George (the institution John Ruskin founded).

The BFI National Archive is  to release a miscellany of films from 1914 under the title ‘A Night at the Cinema in 1914.’

To read more about this event or view the trailer, you can visit their releases page:

Catherine Johnson's Sawbones won the Young Quills 12+ best historical fiction award! Congratulations to her.

Caroline Lawrence has just published her fourth and final P.K. Pinkerton Mystery, The Case of the Bogus Detective. This autumn she will be speaking at several schools and a variety of literary festivals including Henley, Marlborough and Cheltenham. Check out her Events Diary.

Eleanor Updale's The Last Minute has won the Southport Book Award.

Very excited to tell you that Daughters of Time is now available on Kindle.

Carol Drinkwater has a piece in The Bookseller of 6.6.2014, not about histfic but on the subject of being commissioned to write fiction Singles for Amazon Publishing. It should interest any writer who wants to move into the e-market. There is an interview with Carol here.

In recognition of her biography of Polish-born British special agent in the Second World War, Krystyna Skarbek, aka Christine Granville, Minister Radoslaw Sikorski, the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Poland, awarded Clare Mulley their Bene Merito award at a ceremony in the Polish Embassy.

Catherine Johnson's Sawbones was shortlisted for the Rotherham Book Award in the Upper section.

Here is a wonderful link to resources on World War One, provided by the British Library: