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10 October 2021

Stepping Back Into Anglo-Saxon England with Annie Whitehead and Helen Hollick

Hello and welcome to our tour

So who are we?
Well, I'm HelenHollick and my co-host is
Annie Whitehead.

We are both well-known authors of Anglo-Saxon-based 
historical fiction
(plus some non-fiction and, for Helen, some very different genres,
 which include cosy-mystery and a pirate nautical series)

You'll find "About Us" if you scroll down...

Ever fancied a spot of time travel? 

I'm afraid Annie Whitehead and I haven't actually got a Tardis or a time machine, but we can offer the next best thing:  

we can entertain you with some interesting articles about Anglo-Saxon England, so step back with us into the distant past...

Press your Time Travel Switch HERE 
to be taken to our first co-destination...
Annie's contribution to the
 Welcome to the Tour 
What to Expect Page


step back into the past...

11th Annie on Helen’s Monday Mystery slot 

12th Helen on Annie’s  blog

13th Annie on Helen’s Wednesday Wanderings

14th Helen  on Annie’s blog

15th Annie on Helen’s 'Friday Furries' 

16th  Annie and Helen
Three questions for Annie
Three questions for Helen 

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so who are we?


Annie is an historian and prize-winning author. Her main interest in history is the rich seam of stories to be found in the period formerly known as the ‘Dark Ages’ and she strives to bring these people into the spotlight to portray them more as medieval characters than mythical folk who dwell among dragons and elves.

Her first novel, To Be A Queen, is the story of Aethelflaed (daughter of Alfred the Great), who came to be known as the Lady of the Mercians. It was long-listed for the Historical Novel Society’s Indie Award 2016 and was an IAN finalist in 2017. 

Alvar the Kingmaker, tells the story of Aelfhere of Mercia, a nobleman in the time of King Edgar, who sacrifices personal happiness in order to keep the monarchy strong when successive kings die at a young age.  

Her third novel, Cometh the Hour goes further back in time to the seventh century, to tell the story of Penda, the last pagan king of Mercia. All of her novels have won IndieBRAG medallion

Annie has twice been a prizewinner in the Mail on Sunday Novel Writing competition, she won first prize for nonfiction in the new Writing Magazine Poetry and Prose competition, and she has had articles published in various magazines, on a wide range of topics. She was the inaugural winner of the HWA (Historical Writers’ Association)/Dorothy Dunnett Society Short Story Competition and is now a judge for that same competition.

Annie has had two nonfiction books published. Mercia: The Rise and Fall of a Kingdom (Amberley Books) has been an Amazon #1 Bestseller. Women of Power in Anglo-Saxon England was published by Pen & Sword Books in 2020.

Also in 2020, she was a contributor to the anthology of historical stories, Betrayal. The Historical Novel Society review said of her story that it ‘provides a sweeping scope, fine period details, and beautiful writing.’ 

Her recent release is Sins of the Father


Helen moved from London in 2013 and now lives on a thirteen-acre farm in North Devon, England, with her husband, daughter, son-in-law, and a variety of animals.
Born in London, Helen wrote pony stories as a teenager, moved to science fiction and fantasy, and then discovered the wonder of historical fiction. Published since 1994 with her Arthurian Pendragon’s Banner Trilogy, which was followed by her 1066 era duo. She became a USA Today bestseller with her story of Queen Emma: The Forever Queen (titled A Hollow Crown in the UK), and its companion novel, Harold the King (titled I Am the Chosen King in the U.S.A).
She also writes the Sea Witch Voyages, a series of pirate-based nautical adventures with a touch of fantasy.
Commissioned by Amberley Press she wrote a non-fiction book about pirates in fact, fantasy and fiction, published in 2017, and also a non-fiction book about smugglers, published by Pen and Sword.
Recently she has ventured into the ‘Cosy Mystery’ genre with her Jan Christopher Mysteries, the first of which is A Mirror Murder.
She has achieved IndieBRAG medallions, and Chill With A Book awards, and has been a guest on Radio Devon on several occasions.
She blogs regularly, and after leaving the Historical Novel Society as Managing Editor for Indie Reviews in 2016, has organised Discovering Diamonds, an independent online review site for Historical Fiction, primarily aimed at showcasing Indie writers.
She occasionally gets time to write.

US and UK editions
(same story, different title)
available from Amazon

The story of Queen Emma and 
Anglo-Saxon England in the early 11th Century
(titled A HOLLOW CROWN in the UK)
buy on Amazon
e-book special low price
during October

(US/Canada only)

What If...
buy on Amazon
(now also available in paperback!)

Helen also writes other genres
Nautical pirate-based adventure - The Sea Witch Voyages

and cosy mysteries set in the 1970s

Do join us again tomorrow when we
Step Back into Anglo-Saxon England