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Grant Buday: On Historical Novels

Grant Buday's latest book is ORPHANS OF EMPIRE. He writes: My interest in history began with early-onset nostalgia at the age of six. That’s when I started school and understood that an era of my life was gone forever. Since then I have spent a lot of time looking back. Sometimes way back. The Venetian, my first novel, is about Marco Polo. Orphans of Empire, my most recent novel, addresses a little known fact about the origins of Vancouver, which is that it was not Gastown but further east along the Burrard Inlet at New Brighton. While I could never pinpoint any single dominating influence on this latest book, the following eight historical novels have all informed it in one way or another.

by Kerry Clare