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HWA Gold Crown Award shortlist 2023
Over the moon to have The Chosen included in the HWA shortlist this year. Thank you to the judges!
Take a look at the 6 books shortlisted for the Gold Crown Award in Historia.
Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2023
HERE’S THE SHORTLIST!
What a terrific honour to see The Chosen on this magnificent shortlist. With huge thanks to the judges of the Walter Scott Prize.
The 7 shortlisted books are featured here. Delighted to be in such brilliant company!
Behind The Spine
ELIZABETH TALKS TO MARK HEYWOOD
After the death of his wife, Emma, Thomas Hardy discovered and read her diaries, and later burnt them. What did they contain? Elizabeth offers a fresh perspective in conversation with Behind the Spine, a podcast which presents new learning opportunities for writers.
Talking location with Elizabeth Lowry
CORNWALL AND DORSET
Follow Elizabeth from St Juliot to Higher Bockhampton with TripFiction, the website that makes it easy to match a location with a book, and find out how (and where) Thomas Hardy wrote and loved.
Travel to Thomas Hardy country
THE CHOSEN BOOKTRAIL
We head to Dorset and a few other places besides, as Elizabeth takes us on her very own Hardy journey. Get your boarding pass and join her on a trip to the locations in The Chosen at The BookTrail, the website for literary travel.
“Do you see yourself as a writer of historical fiction?”
STORIES, OLD AND NEW
Elizabeth chats to Bookphace about why she chose Thomas Hardy’s marriage as a subject for her new novel The Chosen, the challenges of writing about the past, and lots more.
Top 10 difficult marriages in fiction
CODEPENDENCY, CHEATING AND DOWNRIGHT CRAZINESS
To celebrate the publication of The Chosen, Elizabeth selects her top ten books about coupledom gone wrong for The Guardian.
PUBLICATION 14 APRIL 2022
The Chosen, Elizabeth’s new novel about the marriage of Thomas and Emma Hardy, is out now. It’s a love story and a ghost story that searches the mysterious spaces between man and wife; memory and regret; love and art.
HWA Crown Awards 2019
GOLD CROWN LONGLIST
Bowled over at seeing Dark Water included in the longlist for the Historical Writers’ Association’s Gold Crown for the best historical novel of 2019. Congratulations to all the nominees!
Read more about this year’s longlist in Historia Magazine.
BBC Proms Plus
Elizabeth joins Matthew Sweet and Iain Sinclair at Proms Plus for a spine-chilling discussion of Edgar Allan Poe, whose poetry inspired Rachmaninov’s The Bells – and to read from Dark Water. Listen to the podcast here.
Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction
LONGLIST FOR THE TENTH PRIZE ANNOUNCED
Top 10 books about psychiatry
MISDIAGNOSES AND CRACKPOT THERAPIES
Elizabeth Lowry’s pick for The Guardian of her top ten books about the treatment of mental illness.
Boats, Boston and Nantucket book trail
1833: MUTINY, SURVIVAL, EVEN HEROISM – BUT AT WHAT COST?
Take a journey to mid nineteenth-century Massachusetts in the earliest days of mind-doctoring, and uncover disturbing secrets that lie in the dark water of the unconscious.
Click here to follow Dark Water‘s book trail.
The landscape of Dark Water
RITES OF PASSAGE
Elizabeth Lowry tells H for History how the Massachusetts coastline inspired the setting for Dark Water.
“Man is a mixed-up creature”
FROM NOTEBOOK TO BOOKSHELF
Bookphace asks Elizabeth Lowry how she came by the idea for Dark Water, and takes a peek at her writing routine and future plans.
From The Library Shelf
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Fantastic evening talking to the True Blue Club of the Dorset Cattistock Hunt at Minterne House (which appears in The Woodlanders) in August. So many fellow lovers of Hardy’s Wessex in the audience.
Thank you to Lord Digby for hosting me!
Wey Valley Academy
Author talk in July to the brilliant Year 9 students of Wey Valley Academy in Weymouth, Dorset. So many keen readers, and future writers. “The session really did make me think about becoming a writer and I discovered so much more about Hardy.” Read all about it in the Dorset Echo.
Friends of Goring Library
Thank you to the Wallingford Bookshop and the Friends of Goring Library for a really joyous evening talking about The Chosen: packed audience, brilliant questions, and we could have gone on even longer!
The Lewes Literary Society
I loved talking to The Lewes Lit in Sussex in February about the challenges of writing historical fiction, and the biographical novel in particular. Video link to the talk coming soon.
Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival 2022
Such a pleasure to be at the leading literary festival in the south west, speaking about The Chosen (and the ins and outs of writing historical fiction) together with Stephen May, author of Sell Us the Rope.
Wessex Museums online talk
‘WOMAN MUCH MISSED’
It was a privilege to have the chance to talk about the people and places in The Chosen in a webinar that tied in with the four Wessex Museums’ major Hardy’s Wessex exhibition in 2022. Thank you to Dorset County Museum for inviting me.
Dorchester Literary Festival 2022
We had a lively hour discussing The Chosen, those diaries, and all things Hardy at the incomparable Dorchester Literary Festival in autumn last year. Thrilled to see so many members of The Thomas Hardy Society there!
Ilkley Literature Festival 2022
What was life like for women whose own talents and ambitions were buried beneath the careers of men who soared to artistic greatness? I loved being in conversation with Sophie Haydock, author of The Flames. Thank you to the organisers, and our brilliant audience.
Signed copies available
Visiting Dorset Museum in Dorchester? Pick up your signed copy of The Chosen from the gift shop, while stocks last!
Keele Hall Readings
DARK WATER: AN EVENING AT KEELE UNIVERSITY
Thank you to the fantastic English and Creative Writing department at Keele University, where Elizabeth read from Dark Water in April in the Keele Hall Readings series.
Essex Book Festival 2019
WITH THANKS TO EPPING LIBRARY
It was a pleasure to speak about Dark Water, hunger, madness, and the will to survive at the Essex Book Festival in March. A warm thank you to the wonderful staff at Epping Library, and to an engaged and enthusiastic audience of Essex readers!
Triple-threat woman: the letters of Sylvia Plath
INSIGHTS INTO THE LIFE AND WORK OF A GREAT WRITER
In October 2018 Elizabeth chaired this landmark event at the British Library on Volume II of the Letters of Sylvia Plath. She was joined by the editors, Karen Kukil and Peter Steinberg, and leading Plath scholars Heather Clark and Mark Ford, in taking a lively look at Plath’s correspondence from 1956 to 1963.
Elizabeth Lowry talks about…
HER NEW NOVEL, DARK WATER
Elizabeth chats to Kat Orman on BBC Radio Oxford about ships, being an Oxfordshire writer, and the publication of Dark Water. Aired on 19 September 2018.