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At The Writing Desk

If you love Tudor historical fiction you’ll need no introduction to the books of Tony Riches. But you may not know that he is also a very popular blogger, with over a million visitors and counting. So you can imagine how delighted I was when Tony asked me to be […]

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A long Roman road

The Governor’s Man, published in May 2021 by Sharpe Books. In my last blog in April, I described my emotions on securing publication for a novel that had taken years, on and off, to write. Since then I’ve been grappling with how it feels to be published, and marvelling at […]

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The Governor’s Man heads for Britannia

Last time, I was bewailing my lack of progress in getting my Roman mystery novel The Governor’s Man noticed by anyone with publishing intentions. Today I feel like Alice down the rabbit hole. Everything Has Changed. In less than two weeks from first query, I have signed a contract with […]

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Book review: Dear Lina

It’s a snowy Saturday morning at the end of January 2021. Despite the ongoing pandemic, with the Government’s apocryphal “light at the end of the tunnel” dim and far-off, I’m celebrating today. Firstly because I have a new follower on this blog (welcome Chris of Chris Green Reads! ); secondly […]

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Book Review: V2

V2, by Robert Harris, published by Hutchinson autumn 2020 In the autumn and winter of 1944, the dying embers of the Nazi war effort were fanned back to a brief fierce flame by the Vergeltungswaffe Zwei campaign – known to us as the V2 rockets. Dr Rudi Graf, a dedicated […]

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Roman murder and mayhem coming …

Five months ago I realised Covid wasn’t going to disappear anytime soon. We never stood much of a chance of avoiding the second wave, let’s be honest. As it turns out – how can I state this modestly? – I was right. So I needed a distraction, and I found […]