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Gibraltar: New Book

We have recently finished writing a new book called Gibraltar: The Greatest Siege in British History, which will be published in the UK in September 2017 and in the US in March 2018. Ebooks and a downloadable audiobook will also be available. Take a look at our Gibraltar page on this website for further details.



Latest Occasional News

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Talks and Other Events

The staff at Torquay's Waterstones on the night of our talk, all in costume (loaned by Brixham Museum)  We are always happy to consider invitations to give talks and interviews – please see our Events page, where we give details about our publicist Hayley Camis (who is organising talks for our Gibraltar book), as well as details about our forthcoming events. This picture was taken at a talk at a branch of Waterstones, where the staff joined in the spirit of things by dressing up for the occasion.


Gibraltar Literary Festival

We will be giving a talk at the Gibunco Gibraltar International Literary Festival in November 2017. For this and other talks, see our Events page.


Jane Austen 200 years

This year, 2017, is the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen. It is also the 200th anniversary of her posthumously published novels Persuasion and Northanger Abbey. Our book Eavesdropping on Jane Austen’s England is published in the UK by Abacus, giving the background to the way of life at the time, enabling readers to better understand the Austen novels. The Daily Mail described the paperback as a ‘must for anyone who wants a peek under Mr Darcy’s wet shirt’! The paperback is also available in the US and Canada, as Jane Austen’s England, where it published by Penguin, with an equally gorgeous jacket.

Our Latest Articles and Blogs

Persuasion (published in 1817) and Mansfield Park are considered to be Jane Austen’s ‘naval novels’. For an insight into her connection with the Royal Navy, check out a guest blog we did a while ago on Julian Stockwin’s website called ‘Why Jane Austen Loves a Sailor’.

One of our most recent magazine articles to be published is: ‘Gibraltar’ in BBC History Magazine for February 2017 (in their ‘My Favourite Place’ series), in which we focus on visiting military sites on Gibraltar. The Who Do You Think You Are? magazine (summer 2017) is a ‘Jane Austen special’. We have an article in it called ‘Focus on Nelson’s Navy’, showing how to track your ancestors in the Royal Navy of Jane Austen’s time. In Folklife Quarterly 54 (July 2017), we have an article called ‘Poor Portraits and Broken Tokens’.

Reasons for not living in Jane Austen’s England!

We have a slideshow here in the Huffington Post, giving 13 reasons why you would NOT want to live in Jane Austens England … it’s safest to read books about the era instead!

Chinese Greek and Roman

Our books The Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome and The Handbook to Life in Ancient Greece are now published in Chinese in hardcover by The Commercial Press in Beijing (ISBN 978-7-100-11480-6 and 978-7-100-12037-1). Their website can be viewed here.