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Book Review: Days of Sun and Glory by Anna Belfrage

  In this second book in her King’s Greatest Enemy series, Anna Belfrage builds on the excellent set of characters introduced to us in In The Shadow of the Storm. The new novel concentrates once again on the exploits of … Continue reading

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Book Reviews: Alison Morton’s Roma Nova

When Alison Morton asked me to take a look at her new book, Insurrectio, a few months ago, my first reaction was guilt because I’d been meaning to read her previous four books for ages. Like the rest of us, … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Serpent Sword by Matthew Harffy

Saxon England is a period of which I am particularly fond and thus I was very pleased to find a new author writing about it. The Serpent Sword is an excellent debut from Matthew Harffy  – a writer I expect to … Continue reading

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Tripwires of the Past – the Threads of History I found in Barnet

A favourite metaphor of mine when describing the changing story of our past is the idea of a tapestry – the woven word if you like. But it’s become clear to me, especially as I continue to carry out research … Continue reading

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Lady of the Eternal City by Kate Quinn – a Review

There are so many excellent writers around today that I’m never surprised when I discover another one. I was unfamiliar with Kate’s work until I read the fabulous A Day of Fire – a Novel of Pompeii. I loved her … Continue reading

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Book Review: A DAY OF FIRE – A Novel of Pompeii

A DAY OF FIRE A Novel of Pompeii by Stephanie Dray, Ben Kane, E Knight, Sophie Perinot, Kate Quinn & Vicky Alvear Shecter Pompeii was a lively resort flourishing in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius at the height of the … Continue reading

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The Death of Arthur – A Retelling by Peter Ackroyd

Being a writer I come across a lot of books but back in July I was actually given one: Peter Ackroyd’s retelling of Thomas Malory’s Morte d’Arthur. I rarely review books but this one was of interest to me on … Continue reading

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