Guests of Honour

HNSLondon12 will feature Lindsey Davis & Margaret George as Guests of Honour with Special Guest, Philippa Gregory. Bernard Cornwell will be the after dinner speaker at Saturday’s banquet.


Bernard Cornwell is almost as well-known as a fabulously entertaining speaker as he is as the creator of Sharpe!

He has 20 Sharpe adventures behind him, plus a series about the American Civil War, the Starbuck novels; an enormously successful trilogy about King Arthur, The Warlord Chronicles; the Hundred Years War set Grail Quest series; and his current series about King Alfred.


Lindsey Davis’s familiar detective, Marcus Didius Falco, is given a break in her latest novel, Master and God, so that she can explore other rich characters and themes from Roman history. Awarded the CWA Diamond Dagger in 2011 (the last time this award is to be given), and recipient also of the prestigious Premio Colosseo for ‘enhancing the image of Rome’, Lindsey is a Sunday Times bestselling author and doyenne of Roman historical fiction. She lives in London and is currently Chair of the Society of Authors.


Margaret George’s first novel, The Autobiography of Henry VIII, was published in 1986, and is now in its 33rd printing. A London Times and New York Timesbestseller, it was – and still is – the only novel to tell Henry VIII’s story from his point of view. Following that were Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles (1992), The Memoirs of Cleopatra (1997), which was made into an ABC-TV miniseries, Mary Called Magdalene (2003), Helen of Troy (2006) and this year’s Elizabeth I, which focuses on the later years of the queen. All were bestsellers. She has also written a children’s book about turtles, Lucille Lost (2006).

Margaret now lives in Wisconsin, but grew up in places all over the world, including Taiwan in the 1940s, Israel in the 1950s, and Berlin at the height of the Cold War.


Philippa Gregory was an established historian and writer when she discovered her interest in the Tudor period and wrote the novel The Other Boleyn Girl which was made into a TV drama, and a major film. Now, six novels later, she is looking at the family that preceded the Tudors: the magnificent Plantaganets, a family of complex rivalries, loves, and hatreds.

Her love for history and commitment to historical accuracy are the hallmarks of her writing. She also reviews for the Washington Post, the LA Times, and for UK newspapers, and is a regular broadcaster on television, radio, and webcasts from her website,

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