Bull-dancing at Knossos

A beautiful new edition of Mary Renault’s classic novel, The King Must Die, the story of Theseus in Knossos, has just been published by The Folio Society. The book includes eight exquisite illustrations and cover design by Geoff Grandfield. Grandfield’s dominant black and terracotta palette references Cretan frescos and black-figure Greek pottery, which were, in…

Untold Stories

        For an article just published in Historical Novels Review, I asked four novelists to tell me about material they decided to leave out of their novels and how they approached being selective about their researched material. ‘You should fight the desire to include something simply because you find it interesting,’ said Livi…

Simon Mawer, Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel the Elder

I’ve recently published two articles. An interview with Booker short-listed novelist, Simon Mawer, is published in my regular column for The Displaced Nation. His novel, Tightrope, set in 1950s London, won the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. Mawer had a peripatetic upbringing and now lives in Italy. He says that not feeling at home…

2017 Book Events

I have a series of book events coming up this year, talking on and presenting my new historical fiction trilogy, Conquest, which is set in 12th century Wales, England and France. I’ve been researching early medieval toilets, nuns, clothes, castles, and some rather salacious poetry by clerics and dukes. The first book came out last…

Blog Tour: Conquest – Daughter of the Last King

Latest blogpost published today in the blogtour for my new novel: Portobello Books Blog Earlier stops in the blogtour last week: The Writing Desk Jorie Loves A Story The Mad Woman in the Attic And others coming up soon with Wee Reader, The Cosy Reader and more. Thanks to the bloggers for hosting me and…

New exoplanet novella published

The Exoplanet Lot exhibition, organised by MAGP, opens tonight. Visitors will go on an expedition to artworks sited in the Lot Valley, France. The MAGP gallery in Cajarc features works by Tania Candiani and Angelika Markul. From there, visitors travel by bus and bike to works in the landscape by Thomas Lasbouygues, Caroline Le Mehaute,…

New historical novel – proofs arrived

Proofs for my new historical novel, Conquest: Daughter of the Last King, arrived today. Very exciting. The book will be published by Impress Books in September and is the first in a trilogy, telling the story of the 12th century Welsh princess, Nest ferch Rhys, and the struggles between the Welsh and the Normans.  …

300 Days of Sun

My interview with novelist Deborah Lawrenson is just published on The Displaced Nation. A free copy of Deborah’s lastest novel, 300 Days of Sun, is on offer to a competition winner.

new book on Willem de Kooning

My review of Rosalind Krauss’ new book, Willem de Kooning Nonstop has just been published in Times Higher Education magazine. Her book is ‘the culmination of a lifetime spent pondering [de Kooning’s] paintings and the pictorial intelligence behind them.’

Interview with author Clare Kane for The Displaced Nation

My interview for The Displaced Nation with Scottish author Clare Kane, who lives in and writes about Shanghai, just published in the column Location, Locution. It’s the first in a series of monthly author interviews I will be doing for the column. Two free copies of Donna Leon’s new Brunetti novel have already been snapped…