December 2018

I was thrilled to be asked by Staffordshire Live for my thoughts on the portrayal of Æthelflæd, Lady of the Mercians, in the Netflix series The Last Kingdom. Here's the link to the interview/article, wonderfully put together by Josh Layton:

I'm also delighted that having reviewed my history of Mercia (Click to read the review HERE) Glynn Young then chose it as his nonfiction book of the year! Here's the link: 

Mercia: The rise and Fall of a Kingdom received a wonderful review from Adventures in Historyland

October 2018

I was honoured to speak at a meeting of the Garstang Historical Society. I delivered a talk about 'Anglo-Saxon Attitudes', looking at pre-Conquest outlooks on marriage, childhood, religion, death and war. I was given a warm welcome, got chatting afterwards and sold my books. A wonderful evening.

September 2018 

[Update: the book hit #1 shortly after I posted this!]

I'm delighted to announce that Mercia: The Rise and Fall of a Kingdom has been published by Amberley Books and on its second day in the big wide world is sitting at #2 in its category and has already received two wonderful reviews:

Tony Riches Blog

History: The Interesting Bits

It's available from Amazon

from Amberley and all good bookstores

August 2018

I had a wonderful time in Tamworth speaking about the Lady of the Mercians. I even met the Lady herself! If you would like to read the transcript of my talk, it's here:

June 2018

In the week of the 1100th anniversary of the death of the Lady of the Mercians, my novel, To Be A Queen, will be on special offer at 99p/99c from 12 June to 18th June 2018

May 2018

I'm delighted to announce that I have been invited to speak at the Tamworth Literary Festival on July 14th 2018. Tickets are available from this site.

November 2017

I was thrilled to learn that my story, A Poppy Against the Sky, had won the HWA/Dorothy Dunnett Short Story award. You can read the story HERE