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A response to Peterloo: Shelly’s The Masque of Anarchy

Reporting and personal correspondence about the events of 16th August 1819 in Manchester led Percy Bysshe Shelley to write the poem “The Masque of Anarchy,” which some have called “the greatest political poem ever written in English” (from Holmes, 2003). In his book An Encyclopedia of Pacifism, Aldous Huxley describes the poem’s call to resist assault […]

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Tolstoy: How history differs, for historians and for artists

From “A Few Words Apropos of the Book War and Peace” (1868) (5) The divergence between my description of historical events and the accounts of historians. It is not accidental, but inevitable. A historian and an artist, describing a historical epoch, have two completely different objects. As a historian would be wrong if he should […]

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Now in audio – The Spanish Patriot

My new historical The Spanish Patriot is now available as an audiobook–and it sounds wonderful! Narrator Derek Perkins had quite the challenge, with a tricky point of view as well as characters from London, the midlands, America, Galicia, Madrid, and more. His distinctive voices and great phrasing bring my words to life. The audiobook is at Audible/Amazon and […]

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Cover Reveal: The Spanish Patriot

It’s a wraparound cover! Spinning effect is courtesy of the video editor in the family ;-). THE SPANISH PATRIOT releases 1 September 2015.

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Now in Print

The new trade paperback of AN UNTITLED LADY is available today on Createspace, Amazon US, Amazon UK, and elsewhere. The cover looks lovely, the page layout is gorgeous, and the book feels satisfyingly hefty. If you prefer print, now’s your chance!

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Help me choose my next book’s cover

*** UPDATE: Thanks for all your votes, and especially your comments. See which design won on the book page for The Spanish Patriot. *** I need your help! Which of these covers would make you most likely to pick up the book? These are ROUGH DRAFTS: We’ll smooth out transitions and can swap typefaces, anything. [click here to see […]

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An Untitled Lady cover reveal

Releasing this Tuesday, March 3, exclusively on Amazon. Audiobook available via Amazon/Audible.  

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Happy Birthday Evernight Publishing

Update: Contests are closed. Congratulations to Elizabeth! She’s won a gift certificate to Evernight toward any books she likes. See the grand-prize winners over at Evernight’s blog. Thanks for reading  Roll out the Red Carpet ~ Evernight celebrates four years of publishing! Join authors, bloggers and reviewers as we take a RED CARPET tour featuring Evernight’s […]

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Catch my post on Peterloo over at Musa

A wreath in remembrance of Peterloo, 16 Aug 1819, laid on 16 Aug 2010 beneath the commemorative plaque in Manchester. I took these photos during my research trip for An Untitled Lady. I’m chatting about Peterloo and my novel over at Musa Publishing’s blog today–come on by and find out which Georgian poet was inspired to […]

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Online trove for Austenites

The British Library has scanned many of its artifacts by and about Jane Austen, including this manuscript page from Persuasion (my fave): (I love the mark-ups: No one’s first draft is perfect.) In addition to images of papers and other physical items, the Library has essays on Jane and topics in her books: courtship and marriage and […]

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