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.


As announced in my recent Newsletter from Hodders, there will be a UK competition for whoever can spot most allusions to my favourite Shakespeare. Details in the Newsletter.


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 continues forward. People will need a strong stomach for this, which has truly gruesome Roman stuff. I have now done crucifixion, bestial rape and road rage, currently watching documentaries about wild bears…

Future Work

Some readers seem confused and think I have stopped writing. No, reports of this are premature, though in the current crisis we are all looking at our lives more carefully…

Film Option

It is with regret (to some extent) that I have to tell you Mammoth Film have decided after ten years that they cannot produce a Falco film series. I have summed this up in the media page; please don’t write to me about it! I cannot tell you what went on, though it is fair to say I shall never forget the proposal to make Helena Justina a strong woman by having her attack a man (a man with a badly burned face) with knuckle-dusters. Even to have made me read this sums up so much.

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!