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Killers of the Flower Moon – a book review

'Killers of the Flower Moon' is a book and a film Killers of the Flower Moon has been making headlines as film critics have been talking about it a lot recently. This prompted me to read the book. I am glad I did. Here are my thoughts. The Story Killers of the Flower...

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Forts in Wales are not always castles – so what?

Forts were around in the Iron Age Forts appear often in my novel Spirit of Iron and its sequels. Why? Because they were an important part of Iron Age life. You can't see many today unless you apply your imagination to a series of grasssed-over ridges where there were...

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Camelot may have been real but where was it?

Camelot is famous in legend Camelot occurs in many versions of the legend of King Arthur. (Or just Arthur, according to Bernard Cornwell).  It was the capital from which Arthur and his warriors (or knights) rode out to fight against all kinds of evil and the invading...

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An apology to readers for an unfortunate typo

An apology for what? An apology is due to at least one reader who was annoyed by a typo in my book The Cowgirl Murders.  The reader said there were several but was particularly irritated by the misspelling of Lacota. It is the name of a group of Native Americans. I...

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Transylvania is full of mysteries

Transylvania is the setting for my next novel Transylvania is always mysterious, especially in fiction. I am writing a novel set there in the late eighteenth century. There will be many mysteries and you will find answers to some by the end of the book. I may leave a...

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Arthur is back again!

Arthur who? Arthur who might or might not have existed. We usually call him King Arthur but some say he was a war lord not a king. He might have been based at Camelot, wherever that was, and might have led the Knights of the Round Table. Now we all know who I mean -...

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Does the Nativity matter?

Nativity? What's that? Nativity means birth and The Nativity refers to the birth of Jesus, and is also known as Christmas. I have written about how we celebrate Christmas in a previous post. I still think it's worth asking that question, whether you're a...

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Westerns aren’t all the same!

Westerns are many and varied Westerns may sound cliched to some readers but try to be open-minded. I have posted before about The Cowgirl Murders. To give you a taste, here's how the book begins. 1870 Ten miles from Cheyenne, Wyoming “Wasichu!” said the Lacota warrior...

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Spirit of Iron – questions about the setting

Spirit of Iron will be published in the New Year Spirit of Iron is the first of a trilogy which is the subject of a previous post.  Perhaps you will find it too different from my other books. Here's why it is and why you might give it a try. This is unlike my other...

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Julius Caesar: a warning for us?

Julius Caesar is in the news! Julius Caesar has been dead for 2000 years, give or take a bit. How can he make headlines today? Because the latest BBC2 dramatised documentary has caused controversy. How? It likens him to Trump, Boris and even Putin. It tries to show...

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Iron Age Adventures are coming

Iron Age adventures are not new An Iron Age adventure appeared among my collection of short stories Geoffrey's Historical Shorts. I hope you enjoyed at least some of those stories, especially, of course, the one set in pre-Roman Britain. For some time, I have been...

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Bonfire Night is outdated!

Bonfire Night, or Guy Fawkes Night, is a long-established British tradition. Bonfire Night is welcomed because we need something to cheer us at the start of winter. It also commemorates an important event in our history. Do I not want to keep old traditions alive, as...

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