Hear from two masters of the genre, Hilary Mantel and Pat Barker, as they discuss how historical fiction can shed a light on our present.
The award-winning authors discuss the form and examine the challenges of writing trilogies. They ask the question: can historical fiction reveal a greater truth than history itself?
How do you connect a personal story with the collective past? What can novelists reveal that eludes historians?
Chaired by radio and news presenter James Naughtie.