UPDATE - WE HAVE A WINNER! Thanks so much to everyone who entered the "Win a signed copy" draw. It was great fun reading your messages and especially the entertaining offers of bribery (which of course I resisted)! Congratulations to G Goldschmeid, whose name was first out of the hat - please check your … Continue reading Kindle bargains for UK readers, and a free book draw for everyone else
I've always thought of Parracombe as a peaceful and picturesque little Exmoor village, but when William of Falaise (relation of the more famous William the Conqueror) moved in sometime after 1066, he decided he needed a massive wooden castle to keep the natives in order. The site is now called Holwell Castle and there's a … Continue reading Queen of the Castle
To begin at the beginning...
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.