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Hay Festival 2010
Since his first book was published seven years ago, Ian Mortimer has challenged conventional understandings of the past. This includes correcting dubious facts as well as reconsidering the ways we 'do' history – from studying a man over the course of a single year to writing history as a guidebook, in the present tense. Here he explains the various approaches that have earned him scholarly respect as well as a place on the bestseller lists.