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Ten years a published author!

Ten years ago this week I became a published author. The launch party for King of Ithaca took place on Friday 5th June in my local branch of Waterstones. I gave a speech in front of nearly 90 people and signed lots of copies of the book that I had started nine years earlier. Afterwards, [...]

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Symbols of Authority

I took my eldest daughter to see the Crown Jewels at the weekend. It was a warm, sunny day, and rather than the two hours I’d expected to spend at the Tower of London, we spent five. We joined a tour by a Yeoman of the Guard – a beefeater – who informed us that [...]

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Lightning

If you live in the UK, you probably got woken up at 3am by a violent and noisy thunderstorm. I watched it with my wife from our bedroom window, soon to be accompanied by the kids. The lightning was coming down every four or five seconds at one point, and the thunder was loud enough [...]

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UK-US Relations

      I watched the royal wedding with my family today. Beautiful weather, gorgeous setting, lots of pageantry – a great advertisement for England and the UK. I also liked the American flavouring – a passionate sermon from Bishop Curry, and I loved the choir singing Stand By Me. Nice, also, to think that [...]

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Triple Trouble

The fun thing about writing a series of books is that you’re always looking ahead. I’m still working on the second book in my Heracles trilogy, but I’ve also been looking ahead to some of the labours he will face in the third. This week I’ve been considering Geryon and the tenth labour. Geryon was [...]

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Women Without Men

Back in the 90s, I read Men Without Women, a collection of short stories by Ernest Hemingway about boxers, big game hunters, matadors and other blokes doing macho things in macho situations. Well, this week I’ve been looking ahead to the third book in my Heracles trilogy. One of his later labours was to acquire [...]

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Authors Party

This week’s highlight was the Canelo Authors Party. I travelled down by train to London, then took the Tube to Blackfriars Road. After getting a bit confused about where the party was located, I saw my editor through the window of a restaurant and went in. I was quarter of an hour early, but it [...]

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Reminiscences

A very late blog this week, so apologies for the delay. I visited Cambridge last weekend for a get together with my old housemates from university. It’s now 21 years since we graduated and we all live in different parts of the country, but we still catch up with each other once a year. Strangely, [...]

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Launch Day!

Monday sees the launch of Son of Zeus, the first in my new Heracles trilogy. My Odysseus series has taken up so much of my life (I started planning King of Ithaca back in 1999) that it seems strange to be embarking on a new adventure, but I’m very much looking forward to it. I’m [...]

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In the Trenches

 Serbian officer and soldiers from the Austro-Hungarian Empire My blog is a day early this week, as I’m heading up to the Peak District for a bit of hill walking. I stumbled across an interesting article that says Pat Barker (author of the Regeneration trilogy) is writing a new take on the Iliad, entitled The Silence [...]

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