Battle of the Bats

The Battle of Trafalgar is widely acclaimed as one the greatest sea battles of all time and the victor, the British admiral Lord Nelson, as one of the great warrior heroes of history. It was a truly spectacular victory against the odds, with twenty-two French and Spanish ships captured or destroyed, over four thousand men killed, and ten thousand wounded or taken prisoner.  The British lost just over four hundred British seamen and not a single ship. This was put down to the genius of Nelson...

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Rainbow Writing

Research, holiday, or confusing motion with activity? On a kettuvalem in the backwaters of Kerala, India A few years ago, more by accident than design—at least on my part, fortunately my agents were more focused—I found myself sitting on an 11-book deal. They—my agents, who were then Pat Kavanagh and Rosemary Canter at PFD—had separately submitted two of my books to publishers.   One was a work of historical fiction set during the French Revolution, featuring a character called Nathan Peake...

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