Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Looking Ahead

I was in France last July at Bayeux in Normandy for their mediaeval fair and book event. I do recommend it as a lovely place to visit. The mediaeval fair was true to its name, tournaments, pageants and even insight into how stonemasons worked. I did a lot of book signing there and picked up a few new ideas.

Recent publications "Nightshade" and the recent Corbett have been received very well, as has the "Templar" but I am looking forward to new projects.

The next Egyptian is out in December, "The Spies of Sobeck". I hope my readers like it. What is so interesting about the ancient Egyptians is that they loved life and celebrations but the unpleasant side; the murders, the conspiracies, the attempted coups are simply obliterated.

I confront this great mystery in "The Spies of Sobeck". Egypt lived on the Nile but its drew its wealth from Nubia. Pharaohs were always highly sensitive, against dark conspiracy or even the sinister hint of rebellion. Their nightmare was Nubia, with all its riches, cutting itself off from Egypt or worse still, a rebel Nubian army moving up the Nile

"The Spies of Sobeck" is a dramatic and very atmospheric recreation of a hideous conspiracy which manifests itself in eerie disappearances, secret societies and the most gruesome murder. I hope it will be the vehicle to take us all back to that brilliant civilization with its gorgeous court, teaming slums and the lonely, devil-haunted sands of the Redlands.

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At March 15, 2009 at 6:50 PM , Blogger Ignazio Alessandro said...

I'll wait for this novel. Ancient Egytpt is a fascinating world,with a very gloomy vision of the afterlife.The egyptian pantheon is very complicated, with several divinities often ambivalent.I'm very interested in minor divinities, like Sakhmet or Meretseger (the Goddes Snake).

At March 20, 2009 at 10:07 AM , Blogger Sophia said...

I do enjoy the Egyptian stories;when I'm reading the Amerotke series I always feel as if I'm there in the busy bustling city, underneath the baking sun.
However, I must confess my favourite books are the ones set in the Medieval period, particularly those featuring Brother Athelstan.

At March 20, 2009 at 12:55 PM , Blogger Ignazio Alessandro said...

I agree with Sophia. I like egyptian stories, but I prefer Brother Athelstan stories.

At January 25, 2010 at 10:44 AM , Blogger Ms nixon said...

Please keep writing your wonderful books they have taught me more about history than I ever learnt at school.


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