England is in limited lockdown as I write, and non-essential shops are closed until 2 December. This means local booksellers will miss out on several of their busiest weeks of the year. The big online retailers will be fine, but our nearest bookshop is owned and run almost single-handedly by one man. Like many others, … Continue reading #SignForOurBookshops
Hello! Here's the final week of CARPE DIEM, a new story that's been published in instalments and featuring Albanus from the MEDICUS series. If you didn’t catch the earlier weeks, they're in previous blog posts starting here. You can also find the instalments on Facebook. Better still, check out https://authorswithoutborders.org – you’ll find great … Continue reading CARPE DIEM – Week 4 – the final week
Hello! Here's the complete Week 3 of CARPE DIEM, a new story being published in instalments and featuring Albanus from the MEDICUS series. Week 4 will start on Monday. If you didn’t catch Weeks 1 and 2, they're in earlier blog posts starting here. You can also find the instalments on Facebook. Better still, … Continue reading CARPE DIEM – WEEK 3 – OMNIBUS
Hello! Welcome to CARPE DIEM, a new story being published in instalments and featuring Albanus from the MEDICUS series. The whole of Week 2 (to 3rd April) is below. If you didn't catch Week 1, it's in an earlier blog post here. You can also find the instalments on Facebook. Better still, check out … Continue reading CARPE DIEM – Week 2 – omnibus
Hello! Heres's the first week of CARPE DIEM, a story featuring Albanus from the MEDICUS series. It's part of a project by a group of "ancient world" authors offering short story serials as entertainment while many of us are stuck at home, and the links to all the others are here. This was originally published … Continue reading Carpe Diem – week 1 – omnibus
Starting today, a bunch of historical novelists mustered by Ben Kane will be publishing short stories in instalments on their Facebook pages for your daily entertainment! What did Albanus get up to while Ruso and Tilla were on their trip to Rome? You can find out here. There's also a list of links pinned at … Continue reading Authors without Borders
To be honest this isn't 100% about Ancient Rome - I just liked the rhyme. But as lots of us are going to be at home over the next few weeks, I thought I'd put together a few links that might help pass the time.
UPDATE, 17 March - No! Don't come to lunch! Sadly, it's cancelled. Having been woken from hibernation by Storm Ciara, I'm now snatching a brief moment of calm before Storm Dennis (due tomorrow) to issue an invitation: Join us for a Literary Lunch near Taunton on Monday 20 April! I'll be talking all things book-related … Continue reading Come to lunch!
Thank you to everyone who's spent time with Ruso and Tilla this year! Best wishes for a happy and peaceful Saturnalia/Christmas/what you will.
We interrupt the recent silence from Downie Towers to bring you the news that the long-awaited audio of PRIMA FACIE is now available! Three hours in the company of Ruso, Tilla and Ruso's dysfunctional family - all brought to life by the excellent Simon Vance. Happy days! PRIMA FACIE should be in all the usual … Continue reading Prima Facie in audio now!