Burke in the Peninsula. Publication day!

Burke in the Peninsula. Publication day!

You get James Bond heroics and military historical fiction. There’s a girl, too – somebody from Burke’s past who I’m delighted to meet again. That’s adventure and romance and history: all for £3.99 on Kindle and £6.99 in paperback.

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Cover Reveal: Take 2

Cover Reveal: Take 2

Today is Cover Reveal day for Burke in the Peninsula. Those of you who shared the cover reveal on Friday might understandably be a little confused. Let me explain. My covers are done for me by an excellent designer called Dave Slaney. I really recommend him. Not only...

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‘Burke in the Peninsula’: Cover Reveal.

So here it is! The cover for the latest in the series of books about James Burke. Once again, I'm incredibly grateful to Dave Slaney for his fantastic design. I'm also grateful to Robert Pocock, who runs Campaigns & Culture leading battlefield tours all over...

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On writing books out of order

I always used wonder why people like Bernard Cornwell wrote their books in such a strange order. Why does Richard Sharpe not start his adventures in India and then just stick with Wellington, fighting battle after battle until ending gloriously at Waterloo? Now I have...

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The Inner Darkness

The Inner Darkness

After the historical mysteries I reviewed last week, this week's offering is another contemporary mystery story by Jorn Lier Horst. This is the third book of his featuring Norwegian detective William Wisting. (I had to check the first name: he’s always referred to as...

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Sexuality and the novel

Sexuality and the novel

Before I started my WordPress site, I used to blog on a free site called 'Blogger'. Google are revamping the site and I (mistakenly, it turns out) thought my posts might be archived and quite possibly lost. It's made me look through my old posts to see if any of them...

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Book reviews

Two short reviews this week, both of detective stories. The first is set in Victorian London, the second in Madrid in the run-up to the Spanish Civil War. Death Comes But Twice This is the second of David Field’s detective mysteries featuring the pathologist James...

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Covers (again)

Burke at Waterloo was republished last weekend. There are some minor changes in the text but the biggest change is the lovely new cover. This has naturally led to thinking about book covers again – a subject that has come up on my blog a few times lately. One of my...

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Victoriana

Victoriana

My choice for a book to review this week is a little strange because it's a book I wrote. Well, not exactly – but I did write 10% of it. Yes, it's a book of short stories: Victoriana, produced by the Historical Writers’ Association together with Sharpe books. There...

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Burke at Waterloo

I was chatting to my son last Sunday. As an officer in the British Army, he does not have a lot of time for Napoleon as a great general. "He only fought three wars that mattered: Russia, 1814 and the Waterloo campaign – and he lost all three." That’s grossly unfair....

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