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The Poison Tide on Kindle

Hurray, Poison Tide under four pounds on the Kindle – just thought I’d say. A snip for a book Allan Massie in The Scotsman described as ‘compelling and smoothly’ executed; …

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The spy and his conscience

The Poison Tide is now in paperback. To mark its publication – and in the hope that it will make me as rich as Croesus – here is an article …

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New historical fiction festival in home of Sir Walter Scott

Great new event from next Friday [April 12]; the first Summerhall Historical Fiction Festival in Edinburgh, the home of Scott, Stevenson and Conan Doyle – and quite a few excellent writers …

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Colour in World War 1

Researching my new novel about the Secret Service Bureau in World War 1, I found this great Dutch website with some of the first photographs taken in colour [select Great War …

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Historically Criminal in London

A great chance to talk history and mystery at the Victoria Library in London last week, with authors Mike Ripley and Robert Ryan. Lots of fascinating opinions from the floor …

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Blog for George Orwell Day

To mark the first official Orwell Day and the anniversary of his death, there’s a nice little piece in History Today on the publication of 1984. It sent me back …

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History Today and The Scotsman at Christmas

Very generous review of The Poison Tide in January’s ‘History Today’ magazine. Jerome de Groot writes that ‘it is a cracking read, a thriller that has heft and a challenging …

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Shots: Getting Away with Murder

Mike Ripley has made The Poison Tide his thriller of 2012 in ‘Getting Away with Murder’. Praise indeed.


At the Manchester Literature Festival

Enjoyed my turn at the Manchester Literature Festival discussing historical fiction with the author, Katharine McMahon.  The organisers have written up a blog of our event that touches on some …

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The Sunday Times Review

Thumbs up from The Sunday Times for The Poison Tide ‘First Class thriller…that possesses a richness of characterisation and intelligence that few other such thrillers can match.’