Lindsey’s News


I was thrilled by the success of my online reading aloud sessions. They have become so popular, we’ll be doing it again once a month. I may add in new things like short stories. Some people have called these ludicrous events, but if you are new don’t let that deter you!

I continue to be very pleased that many of you use the contact email to tell me how much reading and re-reading my books helps you cope with the ongoing crisis. I’ve found that my writing life is little changed by lockdown, it is my social and research life that suffered.


Tell me, dear readers, does anyone ever use our button with the maps? Someone once requested this but I am wondering whether we need it?

Work in Progress

Desperate Undertaking has been completed, edited, and copy edited, with some special typographic effects. As I write this we are waiting for a map, a jacket image, and proofs. My normal schedule says I can’t start anything new until all those are done, but a new proposal somehow got itself sketched out and while I wait for editorial approval – and the usual endless haggling over the title – it’s just possible I may even have written some words…

Second Hand / Used Books

 Until now, authors have only been able to receive royalty payments on sales of new books. The market for used books is growing so much that by 2025 it is estimated to be worth £563 million in the UK alone. Writers could only watch in dismay. AuthorSHARE – a partnership between World of Books and Bookbarn International – aims to rebalance this in favour of the author. It’s the same idea that has been tried for works of art when they are resold. It works; after the first six months I have received the price of a bottle of champagne to celebrate! It is hoped that other book sellers will join in, but until they do, those of you who buy books second hand, whether mine or other authors’, may like to favour these two companies!

Falco's Alter ImageFalco’s Altar

Although I famously don’t twitter, by a circuitous route I discovered that while in Britain MD Falco, the legionary scout, dedicated an altar: I[ovi] O[ptimo] M[aximo] M[arcus] DID[ius] FALCO SPEC[ulator] LEG[ionis] II AVG[ustae] V[otum] S[olvit] L[ibens] M[erito] To the god Jupiter, best and greatest, Marcus Didius Falco, Scout serving in the Second Augustan Legion, willingly and deservedly fulfilled his vow. Negotiating with the gods seems a bit out of character, but nice stonework! Reproduced with kind permission from Mike Leaning. [add altar photo]

Contract News

I am very pleased to say that Bokförlaget Polaris are to republish as ebooks the three Falco novels that were previously available in Sweden. Coming on top of Dotbooks republishing my German titles, this is encouraging – though for all overseas languages it remains difficult to obtain translations of new titles.

Meanwhile there is a special kiosk edition of Pandora’s Boy in Spain.

A Giveaway (this still applies, NB)

Sometimes in the past we have had simple book auctions, but I want to try something different: My cupboard is overflowing with spare book copies and here’s an offer: Anyone who makes a donation of at least £10 to Fishbourne Roman Palace may then send me their postal details for a signed book as a thank you from me.

Anyone who makes a donation of at least £10 to Fishbourne Roman Palace may then claim a signed book as a thank you from me.

Donate at Please use Giftaid if you can. But NB the books come from me so you must then send an email with your address to me.

I will contribute P&P, any destination, one per person, and titles only while available, mainly: Shadows in Bronze, Venus in Copper, The Iron Hand of Mars, The Accusers, Ode to a Banker, Alexandria, Saturnalia, Nemesis, The Ides of April, Enemies at Home, Deadly Election, The Graveyard of the Hesperides, The Third Nero and A Capitol Death.

Who Are You Now?

Ten years ago I asked for your help in a survey, so I would know what the range of my readers was. This was interesting for me, but also on occasions very useful. Thanks to everyone who took part (or took part again!) the results are here.

Readers choices To be memorialised on the website, send your favourite lines from The Third Nero, A Capitol Death, Vesuvius By Night, Invitation to Die, The Grove of the Caesars or A Comedy of Terrors.

Classical Association

In 1997/8 I was Honorary President of the UK Classical Association. I recommend joining if you are interested in the jolly side of classics. See their website,

Organ Donor Card Appeal

This is a personal appeal on an issue where I have experience from both sides.

Please carry a donor card. And if ever you are in the sad position of having to decide whether to agree to organ donation from someone close to you, please consider the good you may do. Honour their wishes if they carry a card. If not, then it is your choice; please use the opportunity. I understand just how hard it is at the time – but I can also tell you, because I have had to do it, that afterwards you will feel glad you took the decision to say yes.

Lives can be saved or dramatically improved by organ transplants. From childhood, I had a rare eye condition called keratoconus. Eventually I needed a corneal transplant – not often mentioned when organ donation is discussed, though in fact one donor can save the sight of two people. Being able to see, without discomfort, helps me to write. A stranger’s generosity freed me from years of pain and anxiety. I was never able to thank my donor or their relatives, but I shall always remember them. Every time you read one of my books, you too are a beneficiary of their gift to me.


MinimusMinumus, the Primary Latin Project  of which I am proud to be a patron, was 20 in 2019 so ‘Io! Three cheers for this brilliant achievement!’

Minimis has his own website where he says: ‘Minimus’ favourite books are the Roman detective novels of Lindsey Davis’ – and, thanks to illustrator Helen Forte, here he is reading one!