Exeter Writers are lucky enough to have amongst their members Richard Lee, founder of the Historical Novel Society. Here he is receiving his ceremonial sword at the society's 2012 conference in London. Richard founded the Society in 1997 after trying to join it, only to find it didn’t exist. It is now an international body based in the US and UK. It's not surprising that at times we wonder if Richard exists.
The society aims to review all US and UK mainstream published titles, and as many other English language books as possible. It also runs competitions to discover new authors, conferences bringing authors and readers together, and it maintains Internet groups and lists.
Its site is www.historicalnovelsociety.org.