Nobody could accuse us of being stuck in the past here at Downie Towers. Well... not in the very distant past, anyway. Today we're venturing into the daringly modern times of the eighteenth century, where events turn out to have some even more up-to-date parallels. I'm delighted to welcome Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie, authors … Continue reading My Dear Hamilton
The launch of a new book is always a grand excuse for wandering around the internet pontificating on things, and I'm grateful to the hosts who've kindly let me loose on their websites. It's been a delight writing the articles, and here's the current publication schedule. 6 March - opening chapter of MEMENTO MORI previewed … Continue reading Curses, Miracles and ‘Tilla Speaks’.
I'm delighted to say that MEMENTO MORI, the story of Ruso and Tilla's trip to Aquae Sulis (Bath) should be available on both sides of the Atlantic today! You can read the beginning here and listen to Simon Vance reading part of the story here. This is what it looks like in the US: and … Continue reading MEMENTO MORI – the new book is out today!
Not long now till Ruso and Tilla's latest adventure goes public! It's the story of their fateful trip to the busy shrine at Aquae Sulis (Bath) and you can find out more here... ...or listen to Simon Vance reading an excerpt from the book at Tantor Media. On the left is Bloomsbury's beautiful US edition. … Continue reading MEMENTO MORI is almost here!
The good news: thanks to Bloomsbury's Holiday Sale, the ebook of "Medicus" is briefly and wondrously cheap in the USA right now - https://bloomsbury.com/us/medicus-9781596917743/ The not-so-good news: the series isn't in ebook at all in the UK at the moment (sigh), but it WILL be coming back. There will be music and dancing in Downie … Continue reading Good news and not-so-good news
The season of partying has begun! Io Saturnalia! ...although to be honest I’ve never been terribly confident about social occasions. Nothing illustrates my lack of prowess so well as the time I turned up to a party to find the hostess still in her dressing-gown with a towel around her hair. And that was in … Continue reading Coping with the party season, Roman-style
Never mind the pumpkins and the witches’ hats: here’s a timely tale borrowed from our Irish neighbours. It wasn’t written down until about 900 years ago but may be much older. Unless a miracle happens, this sort of thing is the nearest we’re ever likely to get to the kind of story Tilla’s people might … Continue reading Things that go slop in the night: a Samain warning before bedtime.
i've just been enjoying a few days in Jersey, an island which turns out to have hung onto some fine traditions of the past: 1. Stashing cash: The biggest hoard of Celtic coins in the world was found in Jersey in 2012 - and that's the ninth hoard from the Late Iron Age that's come … Continue reading Jersey – plus ça change…
VITA BREVIS finally makes it into paperback in the UK today (hooray!) so it seems right to mark the occasion. I can hardly have a launch party for a book that's been out in hardback and ebook for some time now, but on the other hand, unless people know it's there, who will buy it? … Continue reading Never work with children or animals.
Butser Ancient Farm in Hampshire was full of Romans last week. There were soldiers and civilians, and families ranging from toddlers to grandparents. They were wandering in and out of the houses, feeding the sheep, eating, playing, laughing, working, shopping and having their hair done. Some of them were even having their photos taken … Continue reading Toga Tuesday!