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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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Women in Ancient Rome

Posted on: 21/10/2015 with tags: deadly election, flavia alba, lindsay davis, Rome, Roman

Deadly Election author Lindsey Davis has written this fantastic article for us about her research on women in ancient Rome. Enjoy! Happy Family Businesses I’ve been researching the Romans for almost thirty years now. I’ve become used to standard descriptions that say women had no legal identity, with the follow-up devised by elite Roman writers and crusty Victorian professors, all men, that Roman women were supposedly kept out of sight with no social role. In fact this is not true. When I starte…

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Nick Brown on Agent of Rome

Posted on: 04/06/2015 with tags: agent of rome, historical fiction, Nick Brown, Rome

From one word to one hundred thousand: Nick Brown on writing an ‘Agent of Rome’ novelIt’s scary. Less scary than it used to be – but still scary. No matter how many times you do it, writing a book is always a big, intimidating task.At some point (certainly no less than ten months before the publisher’s deadline) I get to work. As the series has been going for a while now, I usually have a rough idea of how the story will unfold. My first port of call is a messy Word document entitled ‘plots’, an…

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The Wonder of Rome blog tour 2013

Posted on: 15/08/2013 with tags: blog tour, events, Roman, Rome, wonder of rome

The Wonder of Rome – Blog Tour 15-19 August 2013 The Wonder of Rome blog tour kicks off today! For the next four days, some of the UK’s biggest names in historical fiction will be writing on their own websites or blogs about what the wonder of Rome signifies for them. Our very own author, John Henry Clay, whose brilliant debut novel The Lion and the Lamb was published in hardback on 4th July (read the first chapter here) is taking part. Make sure you head over to his website and blog to read his…

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