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An appetite for The Graveyard of the Hesperides

Posted on: 14/04/2016 with tags: Flavia Albia, Lindsey Davis, The Graveyard of the Hesperides, Roman

My novels are always rooted in daily life, so they tend to contain a lot of food and drink. If characters want to be written by me, they must have good appetites. They do other things that are often omitted from novels; they go to the lavatory, they catch colds, the women have periods. But in general much of the story takes place during meals. This is for two reasons. It’s a convenient way to get two or more people sitting down while they hold a conversation about their adventure. And I myself a…

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Saturnalia by Lindsey Davis

Posted on: 09/12/2013 with tags: author, christmas, historical fiction, historical novel, Lindsey Davis, saturnalia

Thomas Couture, Romans during the Decadence (1847) Sometimes I wonder if the Romans were ever paranoid, thinking in despair, ‘Oh no,  I’ve only got one Saturnalia present’, ‘I forgot to order the hazelnuts’, ‘I didn’t tip the wine merchant enough’, ‘what in Hades can I give the brother-in-law who is so funny about choosing his own clothes’,  ‘Help! I will never get through this!’ Of course they didn’t invent the Christian religious festival, but they didn’t need Gustav Holst to tell them their a…

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History Lives at Harrogate History Festival!

Posted on: 25/10/2013 with tags: Anthony Riches, authors, events, Harrogate History Festival, Lindsey Davis, michael jones, philippa langley, robyn young

The inaugural Harrogate History Festival kicks off this afternoon! We are delighted that many of our authors will be attending. Find out when you can see our authors: The Search for Richard IIILearn more about Richard III with The King’s Grave authors Philippa Langley and Michael Jones Friday 25th October 2013The Old Swan Hotel, 8:30pm To Battle! – Conflict in FictionInsurrection Trilogy author,Robyn Young,  will be speaking on a panel with Rob Low and A. L. Berridge. Saturday 26th October…

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