News & Events

UK Newsletters

In the UK publishers used to produce a Newsletter to coincide with each new book, telling readers a little about it. Everything is digital now, but readers can sign up for occasional news by sending email details to: They run a Facebook page for me to sneer at, but John likes it, so he has linked my website to it if you enjoy such stuff.

Events Programme 2017

Note: I am now a pensioner with degenerating spine disease, so can only undertake carefully considered events, where the travel is suitable and expected numbers are good. Events may now be cancelled if there is not sufficient interest beforehand.

Books are usually available for sale at events and I will happily sign new ones. Due to encroaching arthritis, I have to limit signing of old editions so please be considerate. It is also polite to remember that our hosts at the venue are holding events in order to sell new stock.

UK Book Tour for The Third Nero

Thursday 9 March – official release of Vesuvius By Night

Thursday 6 April – Official UK publication of The Third Nero


September 6-11
I shall be a Guest Lecturer on one further Andante Travel tour to the Bay of Naples, giving an evening talk and personally guiding visits to the Villa at Oplontis.


Monday 2 October – 6.30 Waterstones Nottingham, talk and signing

Tuesday 3 October – 8.00 Toppings bookshop, Bath, talk and signing

Wednesday 4 October – 7.00 Waterstones Birmingham, talk and signing

Thursday 5 October – 7.00 Waterstones Preston, talk and signing

Friday 6 October – 4.30, The Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick. Event and signing as part of the Warwick Words History Festival

28/29 October – 12.30 The Storey, Lancaster, event as part of Waterstones history festival



Thursday 22 February – Lytham St Annes Classical Association

April 19-21 – I shall be a Guest Lecturer on a special Andante Travel tour to the Bay of Naples, giving an evening talk and personally guiding a visit to the Villa at Oplontis.

Saturday 28 April – the Dorothy Dunnett Society, Edinburgh

Saturday 21 June – Salisbury Museum, Festival of Archaeology