Rebecca Rideal

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Hostility between academics and popular historians has a lengthy history of its own. Yet it doesn’t make sense – nonfiction and fiction nurture each other. “Historians hate me”, runs the latest headline about Booker prizewinning novelist Hilary Mantel. Only she didn’t quite say that. Mantel is one of a small band of successful female writers who are often quoted out of context, whose views make headlines, and whose very presence seems to frighten the living daylights out of people. What was in fact said was a response to a specific question about why some historians might dislike historical fiction. Mantel suggested: “Perhaps they think we are parasites and that we steal their sales.”.feedback
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May 29 2017
This page is completely dedicated to what Rebecca Rideal has to say. All of Rebecca Rideal’s quotes are organized here by date and topic. The most recent quote attributed to Rebecca Rideal came from an article called Hilary Mantel was right - some academics dislike novelists. But why?: “Hostility between academics and popular historians has a lengthy history of its own. Yet it doesn’t make sense – nonfiction and fiction nurture each other. “Historians hate me”, runs the latest headline about Booker prizewinning novelist Hilary Mantel. Only she didn’t quite say that. Mantel is one of a small band of successful female writers who are often quoted out of context, whose views make headlines, and whose very presence seems to frighten the living daylights out of people. What was in fact said was a response to a specific question about why some historians might dislike historical fiction. Mantel suggested: “Perhaps they think we are parasites and that we steal their sales.””.
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