Richard Foreman

Biography

Richard Foreman is a publisher and bestselling historical novelist. After working in a bookshop, Richard became a publicist to numerous bestselling historians. He founded The London History Festival and has acted as a judge for the HWA Crown Awards. He has written various bestselling series, set in both the Roman and Medieval periods, including Spies of Rome, Sword of Empire, Band of Brothers and Crusaders.

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His books have been widely praised:

Spies of Rome.

“A masterful and evocative depiction of a fledgling imperial Rome fraught with intrigue and at war with itself. The story and characters are as striking as the graffiti that adorns the violent city’s walls during Augustus’ rise.” Steven Veerapen, author of The Abbey Close.

Augustus: Son of Rome

‘Augustus: Son of Rome forges action and adventure with politics and philosophy. This superb story is drenched in both blood and wisdom – and puts Foreman on the map as the coming man of historical fiction’. Saul David, Author of the Zulu Hart series.

Raffles: The Complete Innings.

‘Classy, humorous and surprisingly touching tales of cricket, friendship and crime.’ David Blackburn, The Spectator.

Band of Brothers: The Complete Campaigns.

‘Escapism at its best… A great read that tells much about the style of war and how the individuals fought.’ Michael Jecks.

‘A rattling good yarn, requiring only the minimum of suspension of belief, and leaves one eagerly anticipating the next instalment of the adventures of the team as they accompany the King to Harfleur.’ Major Gordon Corrigan, author of A Great and Glorious Adventure: A Military History of the Hundred Years War.

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Articles

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Guidance from the Greatest by Gavin Mortimer

Guidance from the Greatest by Gavin Mortimer

When approaching this book, I initially thought that the author would either be preaching to the converted or throwing pearls before swine. We are living in an increasingly polarised world. The old are often pitched against the young and vice-versa, whether the media is discussing Brexit, the ...
John le Carre. The Perfect Spy Novelist.

John le Carre. The Perfect Spy Novelist.

John le Carré may have a few rivals when selecting the greatest novelist of the late 20th century (there are arguments to be made for Graham Greene, Tom Wolfe, and Philip Roth, among others) but he certainly has no superior. Le Carré was not just a chronicler of the cold war, he was a ...
Our Island Story. A Tale for Leavers and Remainers Alike.

Our Island Story. A Tale for Leavers and Remainers Alike.

Pop quiz. Who proclaimed, "all Europe is my home"? Andrew Adonis? Nick Clegg? Terry Christian? It was Oswald Mosley. The British electorate rejected Mosley, as it did the European Union. And, unlike parts of our political establishment, civil service, and media, the majority of voters believed ...
Sherlock Holmes versus Raffles

Sherlock Holmes versus Raffles

Sherlock Holmes versus RafflesIn the 1890s there emerged a completely new character in popular fiction. He was intelligent, a master of disguise, accompanied by a faithful assistant and unorthodox. But it wasn’t Sherlock Holmes. It was the cricketer - and amateur cracksman - A.J. Raffles. ...
Short Stories: Fun To Read & Fun To Write

Short Stories: Fun To Read & Fun To Write

Writing a novel can sometimes feel like wading through glutinous mud. But writing a short story can be similar to skating across ice. Before you realise that you’re on a journey, you reach your destination.The latest lockdown has been far from jolly, to say the least. But I must confess ...
Trio, by William Boyd

Trio, by William Boyd

Intelligent, accessible, and entertaining – William Boyd’s Trio was always going to be one of the novels of the year. Boyd is often rightly lauded for his craftsmanship, in relation to the structure and style of his works, but not enough credit is given to him for his broad sense of ...
Top Five: Tips On Publishing Your Historical Novel

Top Five: Tips On Publishing Your Historical Novel

I have been asked to provide some tips on publishing your historical novel for writers when submitting proposals to publishers or literary agents. There is, of course, more information available via other articles on the internet and the likes of The Writers' & Artists' Yearbook. The below ...

Short Stories

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It’s Everybody’s Fight

It’s Everybody’s Fight

   Pat Hobby shook his head in sadness at the news on the radio. The world was at war. His next whisky would be a double. France had fallen. Great Britain was standing alone. Hitler and his Nazi thugs controlled Europe. Pat spared a thought for Jakob Lowenstein, a scriptwriter friend who had ...

Author Interview

Richard Foreman

Richard Foreman

What is your approach to researching your novels? Has the process changed over the years? I used to commit to a lot more preliminary reading before putting pen to paper, but there is a danger of over researching sometimes. There are a few periods I am now familiar with, so I tend to research while