Big thanks to Fiona and the staff at the lovely Walter Henry’s bookshop in Bideford, who marked the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death on Saturday with tea and cake and fine hospitality. The collective noun for a gathering of local readers, writers and historians should probably be ‘a gossip’ but we fell respectfully silent to … Continue reading Badly dressed for the Bard
Thrilled to hear that TABULA RASA is included on Nancy Pearl's list of reads for 2015! You can see the full list of recommendations here. Also, warm congratulations to Mick Herron, another British crime writer who's doubly honoured by having TWO of his books on the list - a real achievement! All this is rather … Continue reading An honour!
"Britannia: land of mist and magic clinging to the western edge of the Roman Empire. A red-haired queen named Boudica led her people in a desperate rebellion against the might of Rome, an epic struggle destined to consume heroes and cowards, young and old, Roman and Briton . . . and these are their stories." … Continue reading A Year of Ravens – Rebellion is stirring!
Lest anyone should think absolutely nothing's been happening at Downie Towers while the editor was drafting her feedback on Ruso 7 - here's news of a completely independent project. I've had the pleasure of working with some of the award-nominated team who put together A Day of Fire last year, and this is what we've … Continue reading A YEAR OF RAVENS: A NOVEL OF BOUDICA
I've had the pleasure of being a guest twice this week - first on a virtual trip across to Alison Morton's blog, where I was sharing a few mental meanderings about historical truth and donkey poo. Alison is the author of the Roma Nova series, set in a world where the Roman Empire hasn't fallen … Continue reading The pleasure of being a guest
Thanks to Judi Moore, multi-talented author of “Is death really necessary?” for inviting me to join the blog tour that hunts out the answers to four questions. Mercifully, "Is death really necessary?" isn't one of them. Judi’s answers can be found here. Mine are below. I'm charged with handing on the baton, and have contacted … Continue reading Blog tour: My writing process
'Tis now the season, so in search of something appropriate to share, I turned to Macrobius's "Saturnalia. " This is not as jolly as the name might suggest, being largely a discussion on Roman culture, but there is a section of "witticisms". Below is the best I could find. Please don't build your hopes up. … Continue reading Io, Saturnalia!
A friend recently sent me this link to news of MASTERPIECE, a “reality show for writers” soon to be broadcast on Italian television. I read the article with mounting amazement, wondering, who on earth would go in for something like that? And then I remembered. It started with a conversation over the wine and peanuts … Continue reading Writing – a spectator sport ?
They say you should put the important information at the top of a piece, just in case nobody reads any further, so here it is - I'll be at Calne Library in Wiltshire this Tuesday evening with the irrepressible Ben Kane, author of Roman military fiction and owner of a pair of repro Roman boots … Continue reading And there’s more…
While I'm busy talking, two friends will be sending their new books out into the world this month. Good luck to Rebecca Alexander, whose debut THE SECRETS OF LIFE AND DEATH has just been launched by Del Rey. My copy hasn't arrived yet but I've read some of the early chapters of the book that … Continue reading Meanwhile…