Monthly archive

Dying and Death in Later Anglo-Saxon England - Paperback

Sunday, January 1, 2012

It's very cheering that Boydell & Brewer are republishing my Dying and Death in Later Anglo-Saxon England (snappy title, I know!) in paperback this year, at a much more reasonable price.

Historical Novel Society Conference London September 29-30, 2012

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

 I have been invited to speak at the Historical Novel Society Conference in London in September 2012. Great news, especially as it will coincide with The Bone Thief coming out in paperback.

A pre-publication mention in The Guardian

Monday, December 26, 2011

 The Guardian had this article on Vikings, mentioning The Bone Thief, back in October but I'm putting up a link now in case anyone missed it at the time. Good to have the heads-up about the British Museum exhibition, even if it is a couple of years away!

Book Launch at the Jorvik Viking Festival

Friday, December 16, 2011

 The Bone Thief will be formally launched in York on its publication day, Thursday 16th February 2012, as part of the 27th annual Jorvik Viking Festival. The venue will be the Mansion House, in St Helen's Square (very handy for Betty's Tea Rooms!), at 2pm. I'll be giving a short talk on the challenges of writing historical fiction, as well as a reading.

Silverdale Hoard

Friday, December 16, 2011

This really is the year of Viking silver hoards. After the excitement of the Barrow hoard, now there is the aptly named Silverdale hoard. A familiar-looking collection of armrings, hacksilver, ingots and coins, from circa 900 - with the surprise of a coin of Airdeconut. Is this another unknown ruler of York, to add to Siefridus and Cnut?

Amazing find in Southern Sweden

Thursday, November 10, 2011

  The long-running excavations at the high status Viking Age site of Uppåkra have turned up this bronze plaque which may depict Volundr – aka Weland Smith – a mythological figure well-known to both the Vikings and the Anglo-Saxons.

Publication date for 2012

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Bone-Thief is due out from Ebury Publishing next year. We are exploring the possibility of a book-launch in association with the Jorvik Viking Festival in York, but that’s only February, which doesn’t give us much time.