All has gone quiet for a few weeks on this blog, but behind the screen, a veritable ferment of activity has been taking place which I am only now able to reveal. Within two days of sending out the six submissions on 21/22 February I had received three requests from agents to send through the full manuscript for their consideration. By 3 March I was being offered representation by each one of them, and I had a series of emails and meetings with them at the end of last week. I liked all of them, and all were terrifically enthusiastic about the book, so I had the hard decision of choosing over the weekend – a delicious but also rather terrifying position to be in.
About Caroline Shenton
Dr Caroline Shenton is an archivist and historian. She was formerly Director of the Parliamentary Archives in London, and before that was a senior archivist at the National Archives. Her book The Day Parliament Burned Down won the Political Book of the Year Award in 2013 and Mary Beard called it 'microhistory at its absolute best' while Dan Jones considered it 'glorious'. Its acclaimed sequel, Mr Barryís War, about the rebuilding of the Palace of Westminster, was a Book of the Year in 2016 for The Daily Telegraph and BBC History Magazine and was described by Lucy Worsley as 'a real jewel, finely wrought and beautiful'. During 2017 Caroline will be Political Writer in Residence at Gladstone's Library.