There’s been a fair amount of recent chatter among the literati, critics, readers and even as far down the food chain as my kind of commercial “tell-’em-a-story” writer, about the purposes of fiction and particularly about historical fiction. Is it the job of historical fiction authors to hold up as […]
Reader’s comments on Amazon: “The Governor’s Man is an excellent read – but be warned, you won’t want to put it down until the end!” – Lynn J “An enthralling story, beautifully written.” – M E Holley “it’s a stay-up-all-night fab read. Where’s the next!” – PNicholasR “The historical detail […]
Last time I brought you an update on my Roman British mystery novels. More precisely, my efforts to market the debut of the series, The Governor’s Man, and my progress so far in drafting the follow-up novel. So how have I got on in March, my eager Readers ask? Well, […]
You don’t need me to tell you it’s been a long year of lockdown and cloistered existence. We’ve all had to find ways to cope, and for me that has meant escaping into a comfort place of words (not just my own writing, I hasten to add.) I’ve built myself […]
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 […]
By Andrew Miller, published by Sceptre, 2018 This book is about who we are, who we become under duress, and who we wish we could be. Captain John Lacroix of the Hussars has barely survived the opening phase of the Peninsular War (1807-14), and has been repatriated for recovery home […]
by John Lanchester. Published by Faber and Faber, 2019. We’re in Britain, in the near future – perhaps nearer than we think. And something has gone horribly wrong.
by Manda Scott, Penguin Random House, 2018 https://mandascott.co.uk I’d like to say that everything about this detective thriller is perfect.