Interested in historic fiction? Working on a book? Want to find our more about how fiction writers work? In her talk ‘Inconvenient Truths’ Jenny Antill describes the challenges and pleasures of creating her recently published historical novel ‘Small Acts of Kindness a tale of the first Russian Revolution’.

Small Acts of Kindness. Book Cover

She briefly outlines the historical background to the revolt of December 1825 and through a wide range of illustrations shows how contemporary artworks and memoirs inspired the book’s plot and informed its vivid sense of place. She also discusses how as an writer of fiction she dealt with the problems encountered when the facts got in the way of the story. The talk will be followed by a wine reception. You will also be able to buy the book signed by the author on the night.

Small Acts of Kindness was published by Unicorn Publishing under their Universe imprint in November 2022 and is available online and in all good bookshops. It is a novel set against the background of a revolt that took place in Saint Petersburg in December 1825. Imperial Russia still basks in the glory of victory over Napoleon but in the army and elsewhere resentment is growing. Entangled in conspiracy can Vasily escape the Tsar’s vengeance restore his lost love and learn to live a different life?