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Coronavirus Corruption

Coronavirus Corruption

    A BBC headline caught my attention: “Italy bribery probe nets Sicily coronavirus response chief” https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-52753502    The head of Sicily’s coronavirus response team has been arrested in connection with at least €1.8m paid in bribes.    One of the problems for anyone writing historical novels is making the actions not only relevant but…… Continue reading
US, Russia and Coronavirus

US, Russia and Coronavirus

The BBC reports today that US authorities, having banned the export of coronavirus-related health equipment, have confiscated 200,000 protective masks made by an American company in China. The masks were intercepted in Thailand on their way to German customers. The Germans scream “piracy.” Meanwhile the Russians score a propaganda coup by delivering medical aid to…… Continue reading

How do you prove something that doesn’t exist?

The proofreaders on Awakening of Spies did an amazing job but some of their queries made me think.. Part of the novel, which is set in the 1970s, takes place in the Hotel Sonnewende in the Dutch seaside town of Zandvoort. The proofreader couldn’t find a Hotel Sonnewende and indeed Sonnewende is not a Dutch…… Continue reading
Book five?

Book five?

A month in Madeira, which I had never visited before, should have been ample time to complete all those tasks I had been putting off: adding a final polish to Book 2 in the Dylan Series, thoroughly revising Book 3, rewriting two chapters of Book 4 that just didn’t hang together not to mention signing…… Continue reading
Families of Spies cover

Families of Spies cover

The second new cover continues the theme of the first but is, in my opinion, even better. This novel is so much a novel of Sicily and its undercurrents that selecting the right backdrop was essential. We tried to find a period photo of Syracuse but finally chose a shot of Palermo that really epitomises…… Continue reading
Awakening of Spies cover

Awakening of Spies cover

The cover for the first Dylan book has arrived from RedDoor. We had a lot of debate about the initial concepts. I had produced a series of GIMP covers myself in melodramatic shades of grey and black which I thought really looked like spy stories. And of course that was the problem. They looked like…… Continue reading
Empires Apart signing

Empires Apart signing

Last week I was asked to sign a new copy of my book Empires Apart. As the book has long been out of print that doesn’t happen very often. When my original publisher, Picnic Press, went out of business their entire stock was pulped – much to my disgust and I suspect to the horror…… Continue reading
Empires Apart reviews

Empires Apart reviews

When the first edition of Empires Apart was published in 2009 the British and Indian editions received overwhelmingly positive reviews. It is fair to say that reaction to the US edition, which had been ‘adjusted’ by the publisher, was more mixed. The Midwest Book Review called it “remarkable, scholarly and educational” but others responded less…… Continue reading

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