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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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Easter – a time for new beginnings

Two years ago yesterday, I walked out of my old job. Most of the previous ten years there had been enjoyable, if fairly dull. I liked my colleagues and the wages were good, but there was no sense of achievement or fulfilment. I wasn’t making anybody’s world a better place, least of all mine. Then [...]

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Writing when asleep

I’ve been quite tired this week. The older my kids get, the harder it is to get them to bed before 9.30pm. That leaves less time in the evenings to relax (which, as all parents know, is almost impossible with children around), which means I go bed later. The problem is that the more tired [...]

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The Real Heracles

I’m excited to announce that Son of Zeus, the first in my upcoming trilogy about Heracles, will be launched as an e-book on 19th April. It’ll be available from Amazon, as usual. A paperback version will follow later, and as this is being produced and distributed by my publisher, Canelo, it will hopefully be available [...]

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Wrath of the Gods

My youngest daughter is 11 today. I often hear people say how quickly their kids grow up, but for me it seems to have been a very slow process. It’s easy to think back eleven years to my cousin Jason’s wake, where I learned my wife had gone into labour and that I was needed [...]

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Not a proper job?

It’s been an up-and-down week for writing. I wrote 3,400 words on Tuesday, which is nearly a record for me, but Wednesday was taken up by going through the copy-editor’s notes for Son of Zeus, and Thursday I was at school helping Year 3s write biographies about famous locals. They had a choice of Martin [...]

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TROY: FALL OF A CITY

I wonder what your thoughts are on the BBC’s new drama series, Troy: Fall of a City, which aired in the UK last Saturday. I admit I was only tentatively looking forward to watching it, as large and small screen adaptations of the Greek myths have too often left me disappointed and frustrated. Mostly, I [...]

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The dangers of mobile phones

It was half term in Leicestershire this week, so I’ve had the joy of trying to write with the kids at home. My study does have a lock on the door, but that just means my daughters stand there and shout for my attention when they want me (usually for something trivial like “the rabbit [...]

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