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Return to Ithaca

I’ve been a bit tardy in updating my website lately, so sorry to all those who have been awaiting information on the sixth (and final!) installment in the Odysseus series. The good news is that things are well on their way. I finished the first draft of Return to Ithaca back in February, and the [...]

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The Victory Show

If you love history then one of the best ways to indulge your passion is to go to history shows. For several years I attended English Heritage’s Festival of History, held at Kelmarsh Hall, just a little down the road from where I live. For two days the fields before this old country house would [...]

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Plotting the Odyssey

When I first had the idea of writing a series of books about Odysseus back in 1999, I knew the last two volumes in the series would be a chronological retelling of the Odyssey – starting with Odysseus’s voyage back from Troy and ending with his much-delayed return to Ithaca. I’d even created a loose [...]

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A Song of War

  I’ve been asked to write the foreword for A Song of War, an upcoming collection of short stories about the Trojan War. Considering the calibre of the authors involved, including Christian G Cameron, Kate Quinn and SJA Turney, I feel very honoured. There are seven “songs” in the compilation. Although each tale can be [...]

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A few reviews… and an interview with Eperitus!

There have been a few excellent articles recently about The Voyage of Odysseus and I wanted to share them here for everyone to have a look. The first is from the Edinburgh Book Review. It’s in-depth and very nicely written – well worth a read. See the excerpt below: “Iliffe expertly walks a thin line throughout [...]

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Katabasis

For all those readers who asked for signed copies, the delivery has finally arrived. I will post these on Tuesday, so they should be with you by the end of the week. I hope you enjoy reading them. In the meantime, I’ve been busy writing a couple of guest blogs and compiling another Q&A session for [...]

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The Voyage of Odysseus paperback version

The Voyage of Odysseus is now out as an e-book, but I’ve had lots of enquiries about when the print version will be available. Not owning an e-reader myself, I have total sympathy and am just as keen to fill that yawning gap next to The Oracles of Troy on my own bookshelf! But here’s the [...]

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Next book

The Voyage of Odysseus is nearly finished. I completed the first draft in August and the initial edit was done by the end of October. It’s currently with my editor, Richard Sheehan, and should be back with me at the start of December. Depending on how much work needs doing, I’m hoping to convert it [...]

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Audio interview

  I was recently interviewed via Skype by Hubert O’Hearn from San Francisco Book Review. Hubert has a genuine interest in the classical era and knows his stuff, so it made for a challenging and enjoyable experience. When I was told it would last half an hour I was a little skeptical, as the radio interviews I’ve given have usually [...]

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Book launch

Friday 22nd August saw the launch of The Oracles of Troy in paperback. Although the book isn’t officially available until 29th August, we had the party a week early at the Market Harborough branch of Waterstones. The first three books were launched there and it was good to be back again. Like many Waterstones, the [...]

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