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Read the first chapter of Pirata

Posted on: 10/07/2019

It is AD 25. Pirate ships strike terror in the hearts of those who brave the seas of the Roman Empire. When Telemachus joins the crew of the merchant ship Selene, he’s glad to escape the rough streets of Piraeus. He knows little of the dangers of life at sea. Even past hardship has not prepared him for the terror on board when a pirate ship appears. The fight is bloody, but the result is never in doubt. Then the victorious pirate chief, Bulla, offers the beaten men a cruel choice: join us, or di…

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The Central Park Five: A reflection

Posted on: 04/07/2019 with tags: author blog, history, 20th Century

The case of the Central Park Five is being revisited with a new acclaimed Netflix limited series on the subject, When They See Us, directed by Ava DuVernay. About the book: This is the only book that is going to tell you all you need to know about one of the most infamous criminal cases in American history. A trial that, thirty years on, still bears a striking, and unsettling, resemblance to our current political climate in the era of President Donald Trump. In April 1989, a white woman who came…

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A Night Out in the Shanghai Badlands with Paul French

Posted on: 16/06/2019

A Night Out in the Badlands, 1941 Throughout the 1930s Shanghai had been a legendary city – an international metropolis where no visas or passports were required; the most modern city in Asia drenched in neon and its sultry summer night air filled with jazz; the fourth largest city in the world and the most densely populated; home to over four million Shanghainese and the city’s foreign inhabitants (known as “Shanghailanders”). Shanghai was a city that had always had more than its fair share of…

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A River in the Trees by Jacqueline O’Mahony

Posted on: 16/06/2019

This January marked the centenary of the outbreak of the Irish War of Independence. One hundred years ago the Irish formed a government, and declared independence from British rule. That declaration led to war. My book, A River In The Trees, is set in 1919 and 2019. It’s the story of two women, a hundred years apart, but bound together by a secret. Hannah, in 1919, becomes caught up in the struggle for a free Ireland. She’s trying to forge an identity for herself, to break free from the circumst…

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Six brilliant new reissues in Julian Stockwin’s Thomas Kydd series

Posted on: 21/05/2019 with tags: Artemis, Julian Stockwin, Kydd, Mutiny, Quarterdeck, Seaflower, Tenacious

Discover the first six books in Julian Stockwin’s seafaring historical adventure series set during the Great Age of Sail, now reissued with a brilliant new cover look. Based on dramatic real events, the Thomas Kydd series is classic storytelling at its very best. ‘In Stockwin’s hands the sea story will continue to entrance readers across the world’ – Guardian   Kydd Thomas Paine Kydd, a young wig-maker from Guildford, is seized by the press gang to be a part of the crew of the 98-gun line-o…

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Extract from THE UNQUIET HEART – Kaite Welsh

Posted on: 21/05/2019 with tags: extract, kaite welsh, medical mystery, unquiet heart

THE UNQUIET HEART is a richly atmospheric and gripping medical mystery, the second installment in the thrilling Sarah Gilchrist series which began with THE WAGES OF SIN.   The grey stone archway loomed overhead as I dashed through the puddles from my carriage, cursing under my breath. Julia Latymer was huddled by the wall, sheltering from the rain and smoking. She glanced up at me and nodded. ‘Gilchrist.’ ‘Have they gone up yet?’ She rolled her eyes, shivering. ‘Would I be standing out here…

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The World’s Smallest Dog With The Biggest Heart

Posted on: 16/05/2019

Smoky the Brave is the extraordinary, touching and true story of a heroic dog and her adoptive masters in the jungles of the Pacific War. It’s out in hardback on 11th July and available to pre-order now: https://amzn.to/2VvZU3X   Here’s  a piece from Damien about what drew him to telling Smoky’s story…   Smoky’s story is a fascinating and gripping one, as much because the tiny little hero of a dog was such an enigma right until after the war had ended. As Churchill famously once said…

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A Celebration of the Apollo Program in Books

Posted on: 18/04/2019 with tags: 50, Apollo, Astronaut Wives Club, book club, books, celebrating, NASA, Space, Zack Scott, 20th Century

From October 2018 through to December 2022, NASA will be marking the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Program that landed a dozen Americans on the moon between July 1969 and December 1972. To celebrate, we’ve pulled together our favourite titles that salute space travel and the people that helped achieve this series of marvellous human feats.     APOLLO Zack Scott www.amazon.co.uk/Apollo Explore the iconic Apollo space missions and moon landings through these stunning infographics and da…

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Alison Weir on The Curse of the Hungerfords

Posted on: 04/04/2019 with tags: alison weir, Anna of Kleve, Anne Bassett, Anne of Cleves, Curse of the Hungerfords, henry viii, Six Tudor Queens, Tudor

It’s always a pleasure to choose subjects for the e-shorts that accompany my Six Tudor Queens novels. There are so many options, some of them not so well known, and the latter are gifts to a historical novelist because they offer more scope for creativity. I chose Anne Bassett as the subject of one of the e-shorts to go with Anna of Kleve, Queen of Secrets. Anne served Anna, as she had Jane Seymour; indeed, she served all Henry VIII’s last four queens. Anne herself was more than once rumoured to…

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Lindsey Davis: Why write about Rome?

Posted on: 01/04/2019 with tags: ancient rome, author blog, Flavia Albia, Romans

SO WHY THE ROMANS, LINDSEY??? Sometimes people ask me, why Rome? To me, there’s at least one simple answer. Consider the picture on the left hand-side – taken by Chris Astles when I was in Nantwich, one snowy January, marketing my English Civil War Book at the Holy Holly Day festival. Note the full complement of winter garments! Perhaps the only grimmer photo in my portfolio was this (if they let me show you), taken by my trusty agent as Team Lindsey were setting off for our traditional Christma…

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