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A few “facts” about the Trojan Horse

As you’ve probably guessed by the cover, The Oracles of Troy includes my retelling of one of the most famous episodes of the Trojan War: the story of the Trojan Horse. To prepare the ground, here are a few things you might not know about the ξυλινο αλογο:  Homer’s The Iliad doesn’t mention the Trojan [...]

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Launch date announced for The Oracles of Troy

I know it’s been slow in coming (just over three years since The Armour of Achilles), but I am proud, excited and slightly nervous to announce that The Oracles of Troy will be launched as an e-book on Friday 25th October 2013. It’s been edited, copy-edited and proof-read several times, converted into mobi and e-pub [...]

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Read the original prologue to King of Ithaca

Prologues were first used in Greek drama (prologue comes from the Greek pro - before – and logos - word) and have featured in all kinds of media ever since. Their uses include setting the tone for the story that is to follow, portraying a scene that wouldn’t fit easily anywhere else, or, perhaps most commonly, providing back-story. At [...]

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Winners picked for Oracles preview

There was a great response to the offer of free previews of The Oracles of Troy. Unfortunately there could only be five winners and these will receive their e-book prizes shortly.  I will also try to contact all those who didn’t win, as I’m very grateful for the offers of help I’ve received. As a [...]

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Free copies of The Oracles of Troy…

The Oracles of Troy has now been converted to e-book format for the Kindle and other e-readers. There are a couple of wrinkles to iron out, but I’m excited to say it should be finished within a few days. That only leaves the cover. I received the first draft a couple of days ago and [...]

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A note on Author’s Notes

I’ve recently finished the Author’s Note for The Oracles of Troy.  An Author’s Note usually appears at the end of a novel, most often as a commentary providing some of the historical or factual background to the events in the book.  Though the historian in me often finds them interesting, I also feel they can [...]

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Editing complete

Jane and the kids have been in Wales for the week to see Jane’s family, so I’ve used the peace and quiet to blitz through the copy edit for The Oracles of Troy.  Ever since the first edit of King of Ithaca, when my publishers asked me to cut it down from 180,000 to 120,000 [...]

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First blog!

Welcome to my first blog and the launch of my website.  I hope you like it. I should have done all this five years ago when King of Ithaca was published, but never got around to it.  I can only apologise to those people who’ve searched the internet in frustration looking for details of the [...]

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Fourth book due this autumn

Good news for fans of The Adventures of Odysseus!  The Oracles of Troy will be available as an e-book this autumn.  More details on my blog over the coming weeks. Tweet

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