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Anthony Riches on why we’re all fascinated by Ancient Rome

Posted on: 07/03/2017 with tags: Anthony Riches, author blog, history, Rome, Roman

Rome is that rare thing from a writing perspective – an apparent sure-fire winner when it comes to making books sell. There are others – the Tudors stand out given recent successes – but Rome just seems to keep on giving. For whatever reason – TV series, gladiators, Gladiator (see what I did there?) we seem to be collectively hooked on Rome, and yet, with a burgeoning population of writers ploughing this fertile soil, we mostly seem to be stuck in the ‘sweet spot’ in historical terms, of the per…

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Rooftop Bookclub comes to H for History

Posted on: 06/10/2016 with tags: alison weir, Anthony Riches, event, james henage, katherine clements, lindsay davis, robyn young, Rooftop Bookclub, s d sykes, simon scarrow, Medieval, Roman, Tudor

Join the H for History team on Thursday 10th November on the fabulous rooftop of Hachette HQ! Overlooking the Thames and the stunning London skyline, there will be two fascinating panel discussions. Tickets include two drinks to enjoy during the event, delicious nibbles, a book signing and packed goodie bag containing exclusive early proofs of three forthcoming historical treats. All this for just £10 per ticket! Click here to buy. Arrive for a prompt 6.30pm start. The event will run until 9.00p…

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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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A review of The Lion of Mistra

Posted on: 13/04/2016 with tags: Byzantine empire, James Heneage, Reviews, The Lion of Mistra, Roman

I had not read one of James Heneage’s Rise of Empires novels before and despite having quite a good (or so I thought) knowledge of history, the Byzantine empire was a definite gap, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I picked up the third in the series The Lion of Mistra. What a fantastic surprise it turned out to be! The novel follows the exploits of Luke Magoris who must trade, battle and hunt for treasure in his desperate attempt to save Mistra, the last great outpost of Imperial Rome…

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