Cover of In Exile

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The final update

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

(a very satisfying photo)

This is going to be my last update to pledgers - if you want to keep in touch, you can follow my Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or blog. I don't have an official website yet, but it's on my to-do list, along with things like "learn to drive" and "understand the congiuntivo". One day!

The book launch in Rome was a success.

Tiffany Parks and I had a chat about…

Post-publication: book launch and a request for reviews (please!)

Monday, 4 February 2019

(dancing maenad)

All pledgers should have received their copies of In Exile by now. I know that a pledger in Australia is already reading it, which means that if you don't have your copy yet, something's probably gone wrong. You can contact Unbound here.

A quick round-up of post-publication stuff:

  • The Rome book launch is confirmed. Either Otherwise or Altroquando (two bookshops with…

Publication and book launch news

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

It's here! My copies of In Exile arrived this week, and pledger copies should be on your doorstep or in your inbox very soon...

Opening the box and seeing the book for the first time was exciting, but the most surreal moment came on the metro. I was sitting on the train on the way to work, somewhere between Bologna and Conca d'Oro, looking at the book. Then it occurred me to that it was exactly…

Three weeks to go!

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

(Bacchus by Simeon Solomon)

Happy New Year!

If you've pledged for a copy of In Exile, your copy should be arriving soon, before the official launch date of 24 January. Keep your eyes peeled for an email from Unbound asking you to confirm/change your address.

I'm hoping to have news about the book launch in Rome soon, but things happen slowly here...In the meantime:

In Exile cover reveal

Sunday, 2 December 2018

"A perfect balance of the classical with a sinister edge", say Unbound, and I agree. How amazing would this look as a poster? Imagine getting off the Tube or metro and BAM - creepy Dionysus/Grace staring into your soul.

Also, many thanks to the final pledger, #151, the mysterious H. N.

"Grace traced the carved initials on a church wall with her finger and wondered if H. N. had ever felt…

2 months to go till publication....

Thursday, 22 November 2018

(The Young Bacchus by Tommaso Salini)

Pre-ordering In Exile

If you haven't already bought In Exile, here's where you can pre-order the book:





If you want to order online but think Amazon are evil, consider Hive - with the pre-order offer, it's the cheapest deal, and they also support…

Behind the scenes...

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

(A maenad - from a fresco at Pompeii)

If you're wondering where the book is, the answer is that technically, it still doesn't exist - at least not in printed form. But as I've discovered over the last few months, producing a book is a lengthy process, involving lots of people over the various stages, working to different deadlines.

As it's been a few months since In Exile was funded…

100% funded!

Friday, 1 June 2018

(A Bacchanal by Jan Brueghel the Elder)

In Exile is 100% funded! You made this happen!

I reached 100% last night. Then I dreamt that someone was telling me that I actually had to reach 200%, and I woke up in a panic. But it's okay, 100% is enough, thank god...

Thank you all so much for your support, whether it was financial or emotional or both. When I started the process six months…

Gods in Exile - a collection of very short stories

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

(Bacchus by Simeon Solomon)

"The latter by no means declared the ancient gods to be myths, inventions of falsehood and error, as did the philosophers, but held them to be evil spirits, who, through the victory of Christ, had been hurled from the summit of their power, and now dragged along their miserable existences in the obscurity of dismantled temples or in enchanted groves, and by their…

Dionysus: an introduction

Sunday, 18 March 2018

(Dionysus in a Neo-Attic relief, Museum of Naples)

Dionysus - the Greek god of wine, fertility, theatre, religious ecstasy and ritual madness - is one of the protagonists of In Exile.

I discovered Dionysus when I was a teenager, doing an A-Level in Classical Civilisation. One of the set texts was Euripides' The Bacchae, a Greek tragedy about Dionysus taking revenge in spectacularly bloody…

60% funded!

Thursday, 8 March 2018

(from Titian's Bacchus and Ariadne)

Bacchus isn't quite back yet, but we're getting there..

There's something very satisfying about reaching 60%. 50% was nice - halfway. But 60% is the standard exam pass mark (at least for the English language tests I mark on a daily basis), so 60% feels real, substantial. It's a pass!

111 people have pledged to buy In Exile so far. When I try to…

Publication date: January 2019
102% funded
158 backers