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!
Singing and dancing at Downie Towers* - I can finally confirm that PRIMA FACIE will be an audiobook! Thanks so much to everyone who's asked. It'll be available in early November. As further proof that the gods have smiled on us, it will be read by the enormously popular Simon Vance. I'll be spreading the … Continue reading PRIMA FACIE in audio!
Home from another fantastic Roman Festival in York, and huge thanks to everyone who made it possible - organisers, re-enactors, performers, fellow-scribes and of course to the many visitors, without whom we'd all have been very lonely. In previous years I've put up plenty of photos of men on the march, and they do look … Continue reading Eboracum 2019
Many thanks to the patient friends of Ruso and Tilla who've been in touch to ask how - and indeed what - they're doing. Occasionally I get emails asking what happened in between the novels. Usually the answer is 'not much', which is why there isn't a book about it. However... some people wondered whether … Continue reading They’re back! A new MEDICUS novella on 9 July
Just back from the fantastic Dolaucothi Gold Mines in mid-Wales - the only Roman gold mines known in Britannia. This tunnel looks fine in the floodlights, but the original miners would never have seen it like that - they'd have had to manage with little oil lamps. Things hadn't improved much by Victorian times, when … Continue reading Gold rush, AD75-style