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Troy: Our Greatest Story Retold, by Stephen Fry

Troy: Our Greatest Story Retold, by Stephen Fry

The latest of Fry's books on Greek myths is reviewed by the author of The Anger of Achilles

There is a possibly apocryphal story about the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics. It goes like this. Someone congratulated Rowan Atkinson about his portrayal of Mr Bean bumbling about amidst the antics of the parachuting Queen and the visitation of James...

Writers of Rome: Doherty & Turney, interviewed by Peter Tonkin.

Writers of Rome: Doherty & Turney, interviewed by Peter Tonkin.

Three writers of ancient Rome discuss Doherty & Turney's new series.
Peter Tonkin

Doherty & Turney, Gordon Doherty and Simon Turney are the authors behind the Rise of Emperors books, the first of which is Sons of Rome. The two writers, both successes in their own right, have teamed up to write this new series. Peter Tonkin, author of Caesar’s...

The Anger of Achilles, by Peter Tonkin

The Anger of Achilles, by Peter Tonkin

Odysseus and Achilles join forces to investigate treachery and deceit.
Erin George

In Peter Tonkin’s new novel, the third instalment of The Trojan Murders series, Odysseus greets King Euenos and asks, “Do you remember me?” The answer is yes. This is a world we are familiar with, a well-trod path through history and literature. But using this beloved...

Sons of Rome, by Simon Turney and Gordon Doherty

Sons of Rome, by Simon Turney and Gordon Doherty

The first in the Rise of Emperors series is set in the twilight of the Roman Empire, in the 3rd century AD.

Sons of Rome by Simon Turney and Gordon Doherty. The first thing that strikes the reader at the outset of this masterful novel is that two distinct voices narrate it. Not only are these the voices of the two protagonists Maxentius and Constantine, friends in boyhood,...

Aspects of my Historical Fiction

Aspects of my Historical Fiction

In many ways I came to writing historical novels late in my literary career; strangely so, for I have always been fascinated by history. The first book I ever wanted to never end was Carola Oman’s Robin Hood the Prince of Outlaws. A little later, a childhood accident...

A Palpable Hit: A Master of Defence Story

A Palpable Hit: A Master of Defence Story

A story of espionage and dashing swordplay from Peter Tonkin.

‘A hit!’ The referee’s judgement echoes round the room as the ringing clash of the rapier blades dies. Tom Musgrave disengages and steps back along the fencing piste, out of the wide measure called larga misura where his opponent’s rapier could still reach him with a...

Peter Tonkin

Peter Tonkin

What prompted you to chose the period you wrote your first book in? My first historical novel, The Point of Death, was set in the Elizabethan period because my MA thesis was about Shakespeare, who also influenced my second series of Roman spy stories because I was...

Peter Tonkin

Peter Tonkin

Peter Tonkin graduated from The Queen’s University, Belfast in 1975 having studied under Prof Rev W L Warren (History), Seamus Heaney and Alexander McCall Smith (English). He published his first novel, Killer, to international acclaim in 1978.
Peter Tonkin

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River of Gold by Anthony Riches

River of Gold by Anthony Riches

A new title in the bestselling Empire series.

River of Gold is the eleventh novel in Anthony Riches’ best-selling Empire series and its considerable strengths are all the more impressive because of it. The plot has a familiar structure (as in Thunder of the Gods, for instance). The opening presents us with an...