Friends who followed the Blog Hop a couple of years ago will have met my writing friend Alison Morton. Alison's created a gripping alternative thriller world, where her 21st century Praetorian heroines survive kidnapping, betrayal and a vicious nemesis while using their Roman toughness and determination to save their beloved country. Unfortunately, their love lives … Continue reading Suppose a part of Ancient Rome survived?
I'm delighted and honoured to find that Tabula Rasa has snuck into the Best Books of 2014 list on Declan Burke's "Crime Always Pays" blog. It's alongside several books that I've been meaning to read, and some that I didn't know I wanted to read, but now do. Clearly there's going to be a lot … Continue reading The best of 2014…
Welcome to my corner of the 2013 Wonder of Rome Blog Hop! There are (I think) seventeen of us linking up this weekend to offer blog posts on some aspect of Rome for your enjoyment. As you'll have gathered, I’m Ruth Downie, and I write a series of crime novels featuring Roman army medic Ruso, … Continue reading First, drown your ape.
...and now I'm about to be in one. Ladies and gentlemen, for your entertainment and edification, this coming Thursday a varied group of writers will be presenting a round of blog posts entitled: Goodness knows what will be on offer as to the best of my knowledge, hardly anyone knows what anyone else has chosen … Continue reading Last month I didn’t know what a Blog Hop was…
I have to admit that poetry makes me nervous. I approach it with caution, afraid of revealing yet again that I just haven’t got what it takes to appreciate this sort of thing. But when Caroline Davies passed some of her poems about the Malta convoys around our writers’ group, even I could see that … Continue reading CONVOY – Caroline Davies tells stories from the Second World War
This weekend I'll be talking to Caroline Davies, author of CONVOY, a new collection of poems telling the stories of the men who fought to get supplies through to Malta during the Second World War, and of their families back home. With luck we'll have a couple of the poems right here on the blog.
And now, a change of pace. First, a big thank-you to Caroline Davies, who tagged me for “My next big thing” longer ago than I care to admit. It’s a set of questions that one writer passes to another, giving each of us a chance to blather (sorry, tell the world) about our own current … Continue reading My Next Big Thing
Hilary Mantel's Thomas Cromwell novels seem to divide readers into those who think they're absolutely wonderful and those who... don't. As a member of the former camp I'm delighted that she's won the Booker again. I have to admit, though, that I've never actually "read" either WOLF HALL or BRING UP THE BODIES. Instead I've … Continue reading Bring up the Bodies – and do pay attention, please
Two good things to pass on today. Good news for those of us in the UK - Jane Finnis's first Aurelia Marcella novel finally launches here next month. It's been available as an import from the US for some time, but it's finally got its very own British edition with a new title (Shadows in … Continue reading One for the Brits, one for everyone…
As I believe I've mentioned before, one of my favourite guides to the blogosphere is the Rogue Classicist. Many of his posts are of particular interest to - surprise surprise - classicists, rather than general readers, but when the daily digest drops into the inbox there's usually something I can't resist following up. Today's contains … Continue reading Rogueclassicism