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Work in Progress

The fifth ANero Coverlbia book, finally titled The Third Nero, is now in production. We had twelve months of argument over its (to me) feeble title, but I have made them allow a subtitle. (I road-tested it when touring, to gales of happy laughter.)
Then came the jacket, where I have the right to be ‘consulted’. People often ask me what that entails: in the USA we have Albia wielding another horrible weapon. Well, we are used to that. In the UK, I requested a harp (or if that was strangely impossible, a wreath, portrait or coin of Nero, or one of many appropriate Roman or Parthian objects, some very beautiful…) Time ran out, so an image was imposed. What it represents, and how it is supposedly relevant had to be explained to me.

So my friends – COMPETITION TIME! ! Now ended, and the results are here.

A signed copy will be awarded to whoever sends me the funniest description of this ‘image’ and how it could relate to a satirical story about spies and their tradecraft in the ancient world. Deadline: 6 April, which is UK publication. (You don’t have to read the book first, that will only confuse you.)

An Extra!

Last autumn I decided that although I have always said the eruption of Vesuvius is much too tragic a setting for a Falco or Albia story, it would work as a novella. So, If you have tears, prepare to shed them now… I have answered your question, what happened to Larius? in Vesuvius By Night. This is finished and will be available from March as a digital download and audiobook.

A Giveaway

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, Nemesis, The Ides of April, Enemies at Home, Deadly Election.

 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 Enemies at Home, The Third Nero, The Spook Who Spoke Again or Vesuvius By Night.

Future Work

Some readers seem confused and think I have stopped writing, but trust me I am starting the seventh Albia and unless struck down by age will almost certainly continue afterwards.

Contract News

There is more good news. In addition to Spain, Italy and the Czech Republic which I told you about previously, I am delighted that in Turkey Alfa Yayinlari have agreed to publish the first three of the Albia series.

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.