Posts Tagged ‘Northumbria the Lost Kingdom’

It’s Here!!!!

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Now, pdfs and all the other technological and digital whizz bangs that allow files and pictures to be shared between computers and tablets and pills and potions and what not are all very well, but, believe me, there is nothing, absolutely nothing, to compare with holding the first paper copy of the book you’ve spent the last three years working on in your hands.

There it is, pictures, words, the whole blessed shebang: a real, actual, frankly all-but-breathing thing! You can take your Kindles and your iPads and all the other devices that depend on moving electrons around and shove them. Give me paper, give me vellum, give me inky fingers and pages you can flick through marvelling at the pictures, the design, the way the words sit upon the page.

So, here it is, Northumbria: The Lost Kingdom, held in my slightly shaky hands!

In my hands.




Free Books!

Monday, October 1st, 2012

The good people at This Is Northumberland (www.thisisnorthumberland.com) are running a competition in which the prize is no less than a free copy of my very own Northumbria: The Lost Kingdom. So, if you want to diddle your dedicated author out of his hard-earned and frankly rather low royalties, get along to the site, enter your details and cross your fingers, that this time it’s you!

Nearly There

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

I’ve just finished going through the final batch of corrections for Northumbria: The Lost Kingdom. Emailed off this morning, Lindsey, our editor at The History Press, will input them on Monday and then off the file goes to the printers. It looks like we’re on track for the official publication date of 1st October 2012.


The Cover of Northumbria: The Lost Kingdom

Friday, September 7th, 2012

It’s been a memorable day. First, Professor Tolkien of Oxford comes out, and then I get to see the final version of the cover – front and back – of Northumbria: The Lost Kingdom. I like it.


Front and back covers.

Cover Quandaries

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

It’s an exciting time: the History Press has sent me a trial cover for Northumbria: The Lost Kingdom. I quite like it, but what do you think?

Northumbria: The Lost Kingdom

Things You Never Knew: First in an Occasional Series

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

According to Theophilus Presbyter, an eleventh-century monk and metalworker, the best way of quenching a pair of red-hot tongs is by plunging them in the urine of a red-haired boy.