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March is a big month for fiction, but it’s a history book that steals the show

By Rebecca Rose   March 2012

March, with its white skies and false starts, is a month that inspires escapism. Conveniently, it is also the height of fiction season. The idea, traditionally, is that this is the time of year that readers want to lose themselves in exotic tales, and that if published now, these tales will hit the bestseller lists around about July—the month when swathes of the population purchase a novel or two for their holidays (or download 100 free classics onto their Kindle, as the case may now be).

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Despite the plethora of “dazzling” debuts on this year’s spring lists, the two…

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