September 2013


On Friday 27th I had a lovely chat with the fabulous Russell Walker at BBC Radio York in advance of the Harrogate Festival of History next month.


I normally hate these things, but this is one of those relaxed shows that's not about promotion but actually about 'getting to know' a person. I had to pick three pieces of music that are particularly important to me, and the discussion started from there...


If you missed it, it'll be on BBC iPlayer for the next 7 days, and you can listen to it here. My stuff begins halfway through the show, at about 2.03 - but Russell Walker is so enjoyable to listen to I'd recommend playing the whole thing. Fridays may never be the same again...



May 9th 2012 - My interview on the Nick Coffer show for BBC Three Counties Radio is on BBC i-Player, and will be available here for another 7 days.


We're talking about the Crimean War, Into the Valley of Death - and EastEnders...



Interview on the Moore Show about In the Name of the King

My one appalling foray into acting! EastEnders for Comic Relief!




War and Fighting for Penguin

Working in the Media for Penguin

Historical Fiction Roundtable for Penguin




History Girls Blog


'From the Horse's Mouth'

'The Private Life of Pawns'

'The Odessa Massacre, and why historians should be studying Ukraine'

'Zulu - the Greatest Historical Novel There Never Was'

'The History in the Words'

'Christmas: Ritual and Remembrance'

'Standing up for Beards'

'A Taste of History'

The Shame and the Glory

The Home Boy who went to live with the Indians

Spooky: Serendipity and Historical Fiction

Keeping History Fresh

Time Travel and the Unknown Hero 

Richard III and Other Dead Kings 

Writing to Music

War and the Spirit of Christmas 

Finding the Words

Mary Seacole: The Black and White of History'

Making Fire

To Thee or Not to Thee: Historical Language

To Catch the Moon in your Teeth: The Grand Condé

History in my Hand: The Beauty of Books

In Praise of Tommy Atkins - The importance of the British private soldier

Who Blundered? The Mystery of the Charge of the Light Brigade

Blaming the Brave: The Forgotten War in the Crimea

An Unsuitable Job for a Woman? Women writing about war

Whether Weather Matters - to a historical writer

Living with History - or a historian

'What it says on the Sheet' - historical facts that aren't facts at all

'Outside the Frame' - historical photographs

'Sound and Silence' - The use of sound in historical writing

'Richelieu's Face' - the morality of writing about real people


Guest Blogs


'The British Memorial in Crimea' on Mark Simner's British Military History

'Worthy Causes of the Crimean Kind'  - on Gentlemen and Tarpaulins

The inspiration behind 'In the Valley of Death'  - on Royalty Free Fiction

Writer's Choice on Nicholas Nickleby - for normblog

'Historical and Fantasy: Two Sides of a Coin?' for the Falcata Times.

'Why Wikileaks should matter to writers' for




May 2012 - On 'Into the Valley of Death' for the St Albans and Harpenden Review:

You can read it online here.

On writing historical fiction at Edi's Book Lighthouse

Q and A with Parmenion Books

'Time Traveller' on the Historvius website, talking about historic sites round the world - and my affection for Richard III.

On writing and history at the Falcata Times

On writing for WriteWords

On my time at EastEnders for the Walford Web




'Skirmish Magazine' Issue 95 - 'Re-enactment and Historical Fiction'

'The War Correspondent' April 2012 - 'Where Angels Fear To Tread'

Mail on Sunday - My EastEnders stalker

Daily Express - More on the EastEnders stalker



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