I wanted to wish Anne Brooke the best of luck for Wednesday. She’s attending the Harry Bowling Awards ‘to see how her book (Maloney’s Law) got on.’ Good luck Anne.

And happy birthday to my friends Bill and (in a couple of weeks but I won’t see her so I’ll say it now in case I forget) Rosie.

Lots of phone calls await me tomorrow. And (hopefully) lots of writing. But now, I’m going to the pub.

Worth a look and a great cause

I’ve been made aware by Kate Long that she’s contributed to a collection of short stories, The Sunday Night Book Club, in aid of Breast Cancer Care.

Others who’ve contributed are: Clare Boylan, Veronica Bright, Elizabeth Buchan, Clare Chambers, Mavis Cheek, Tracy Chevalier, Katie Fforde, Nicci Gerrard, Lesley Glaister, Tessa Hadley, Maeve Haran, Joanne Harris, Wendy Holden, Cathy Kelly, Andrea Levy, Santa Montefiore, Elizabeth Noble, Maggie O’Farrell, Patricia Scanlan, Alexander McCall Smith, Adriana Trigiani, Lynne Truss and Penny Vincenzi.

I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you what a good collection this’ll be, or what a worthy cause the proceeds will go to.

So Much Choice

I notice that you can pre-order my book from the WHSmith website. That is if you you’d rather not order it from Amazon or Play, or from any good book store.


The research and writing continues. I feel I should be taking advantage of the calm before next month’s Book Tour storm, which I think I am.

Okay. A cup of tea and then back to the writing.

Book Tour Dates

Here are the confirmed dates for the public appearances I’m doing this Autumn for the Roaming Roman Book Tour. These are in addition to the School Visits I’ve got booked. I should be adding a few more. As soon as I have them confirmed I’ll post them here.

If you’d like me to visit your school, book shop or library you can contact me here.

The dates are:

October 14th – Bollington Library. 11am – 12.30pm.

October 21st – Poynton Library. 11am – 1pm.

October 28th- Congleton Library. 10.30am – 3pm.

November 4th – Holmes Chapel Library. 10.30am – 12.30pm.

November 11th – Wilmslow Library. 11am – 12.30pm.

I’ve been told that tickets are required for the Wilmslow date. Tickets are free (as is entry to all of the events)- to book I suggest you get in touch with them by clicking here.

I’ve also included a picture of me so you know who you’ll have to look at; not too scary I hope!


I had a great weekend, the highlight of which, was on Saturday night. We (me and my girlie) went out with a couple of friends and drank beer. Later we stumbled across an outdoor concert, given by a fabulous jazz band from New Orleans. Bollington should consider itself extremely lucky to have been visited by Trombone Shorty and his band. They were quite simply wonderful and Trombone Shorty himself is one of the most talented musicians I have ever heard. Ever.

Here’s his Myspace, and here’s his website.

And today, my girlie starts her PGCE. Good luck, Lizzie!

On a sadder note, I was upset to learn of the death of famed Croc Hunter and Naturalist, Steve Irwin. Very sad news.


I noticed after having a nosy at Roger’s Plog, that Waterstone’s have a website. I’d say it was definitely worth a look.

Thanks, Rog.


Well! Hasn’t that come around quick? This year has absolutely flown by!

So it’s September, and you know what that means? It means that my book is published this month. That’s quite an exciting feeling. It also means that I’m about six weeks away from the beginning of my book tour (details and dates to follow). As I said, it’s all come around very quickly indeed.

September also means that my beautiful, wonderful, darling, girlfriend starts her PGCE. I’d like to wish her the very best of luck with it.

Here’s to a good month for everyone.

Oooooooh gorgeous!

Click here for pictures of some of the most beautiful libraries in the world. Some of these pictures are absolutely stunning. Wow.

National Novel Writing Month

I’ve just been reminded that it’s National Novel Writing Month in November. Click here for details (if you’re brave enough and have unbelievable literary stamina and commitment).

Best of luck to everyone who takes part. Power to your writing fingers!

New Old Language

I have been doing some research into Anglo-Saxons, as part of a story I’m working on is going to be set there. Part of my research was to do with dialect and language at the time. The furthest I’ve gone back is Chaucer so I really had no idea what Saxon ‘English’ would look or sound like.

One of the lovely staff members at my library, Liz, is a bit of an expert on this sort of thing, and gave me some verse from the time. I think it’s fascinating so I thought I’d post a bit here.

Here’s how it begins:

The Battle of Brunanburh

Her æþelstan cyning, eorla dryhten, beorna beahgifa, and his broþor eac, Eadmund æþeling, ealdorlangne tir geslogon æt sæcce sweorda ecgum ymbe Brunanburh.

Which means:

In this year King Aethelstan, Lord of warriors,ring-giver to men, and his brother also,Prince Eadmund, won eternal glory in battle with sword edges around Brunanburh.


Sticking with the Anglo-Saxon theme, I thought I should mention that the poem Beowulf, is currently being made into a film. The fantastic Neil Gaiman has had a hand in writing it, and the cast list looks pretty good too.

Here are a couple of links: