There's competition fever here at Downie Towers, with the caption competition running till the end of July, plus two more chances to win goodies. Apologies to those who've heard this all before, but in case you haven't... First, a chance to stock up your summer reading bag with books of your choice, or to win … Continue reading Competition fever!
There's a marvellous video of this year's Deva celebrations on YouTube. Somewhere in there you may spot the author of the Empire series, Anthony Riches (dressed as a centurion), the Emperor Domitian (being suitably megalomanic) and yours truly. An extra treat was the combination of Saturnalia with the Winter Watch parade, which made for a … Continue reading Io, that was Saturnalia!
Basking in reflected glory here, because some of my former comrades from the site at Whitehall Roman Villa have made a wonderful find: the skeleton of a man who died in about the 5th century, and the remains of the shield that was buried with him. There's video footage and some pics from the local … Continue reading Another skeleton!
Friends, something has gone strangely amiss of late with the distribution of some of the Medicus series in the UK. If you're searching for a paper copy and even your lovely local bookseller can't find one, please get in touch via the Contact page and I'll see whether I can supply the book you want … Continue reading Distribution confusion – resolved!
A piece of unexpected good news has arrived at Downie Towers - Ruso and Tilla's first adventure is being translated into Croatian. To celebrate, here's a view of Croatia's most famous Roman building, the palace of the emperor Diocletian at Split. Diocletian was an unusual emperor. Others had commissioned sprawling extravganzas with vistas and lakes … Continue reading In the footsteps of a Roman on a mission
There's much rejoicing here at Downie Towers over the news that the lovely Stuart (a Man who Can) will shortly be giving the blog a face-lift. l will thus be able to concentrate all of my muttering and cursing on Book Seven, which has reached that special stage where plot and author appear to be … Continue reading Author loses one plot, two vowels and three consonants
It would have been wiser not to start redesigning the blog when I'm supposed to be working on Book 7. But the layout here was looking a bit tired and it seemed like a simple enough job: just cut my name from the new book cover and paste it in at the top of the … Continue reading A day of DIY
...and thank you for visiting.* I'm the author of a series of mysteries featuring Roman Army medic and reluctant sleuth, Gaius Petreius Ruso. His sixth adventure, TABULA RASA, is out now - if you glance to the right you'll see the cover. Here's what's inside: Ruso and his wife, Tilla, are back in the borderlands … Continue reading Welcome…
Oh dear. I've been away from the blog for so long that I feel I should mark my return with something stupendously interesting. Truth is, the Coursera Roman Architecture course* threw up all sorts of fascinating things but I was so busy keeping up with the lectures that there was no time to post them. … Continue reading Back to School
[*or girl - Ed.] For those of us who sit hunched over a computer all day, a chance to get out and meet real people is very exciting. I'll be taking part in several events over the next few weeks so if you're able to join us, please come and say hello. 16 October - … Continue reading Events, dear boy,* events