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M.M. Bennetts Historical Novel Award. Have you written a historical novel?

Hi all:

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you might remember that a few months back I was very busy reading novels for a Historical Novel award, the MM Bennetts, and I couldn’t really talk very much about it. I received an e-mail yesterday about this year’s award and I’m going to help once again with the process of selection. This made me realise that I had not dedicated a post to the winner, and I thought, better late than never. So here it is:

Into the Hidden Valley
Into the Hidden Valley by Stuart Blackburn

Into the Hidden Valley by Stuart Blackburn

The sins of the father …
Charles Taylor was raised in the typical British manner of the late Victorian era: distant from his father, George, a civil servant in India. The two grow closer as Charles ages, but after his father’s untimely death, he finds himself on a path of discovery about George’s life and his role in the pacification of tribes near the Tibetan border, especially his father’s encounter with a powerful shaman and his son. A past as hidden as the Apatani valley, which protects its secrets well.

Stuart Blackburn was born American, but is a man of the world. Experiencing India first hand in Peace Corp, Stuart would later go on to earn a PhD in Indian culture and folklore. A teacher for many years, Stuart’s writing remained in the academic field until 2014 when his first novel , Murder in Melur, was published in India.


I have not read the novel and I can’t give you my personal impression, but having been involved in the process of selection, I’m aware it must be pretty special to have made it all the way and won.

In case you want to know a bit more about the author and the novel, here are two posts, one announcing the winner, and the other sharing a detailed interview with the author:


And if you’re an author, or know one, who writes historical novels, you could be interested in submitting the novel. Here is the post that explains it all:

Thanks to the M.M. Bennetts Awards organisers for counting with me again, thanks to all of you for reading, and if you’ve enjoyed it, like, share, comment, CLICK, and tell your author friends!

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