The literary life of EDWARD JAMES, author,reviewer, occasional poet and former pension adviser to the government of Kyrgyzstan
Last year I interviewed Melvyyn Bragg who had recently published his latest historical novel Now is the Time, about the Peasants Revolt in England in the 14th century. The book is reviewed in the current (Nov 2016) issue of Historical Novels Review. The book was published before the so-called ‘revolt against the Establishment’ typified by the victory of Brexit and Donald Trump, so it now has even more resonance.
The interview was first published on the Historical Novel Society 20016 Conference website. Now that the conference is past, at which Melvyn was a keynote speaker, I feel free to publish the interview here with Melvyn’s kind permission.