Welcome to my Website!
My second novel, An Accidental King, will be published by Crooked
Cat Publications on 5th July 2013. Set in the 1st Century AD, it is the fictionalised autobiography of Tiberius Claudius Cogidubnus,
the pro-Roman client king of southern Britain, and tells of his struggle to maintain peace and order in an increasingly
For details of launch activities during July and August, please see http://mark-patton.blogspot.co.uk.
About my Books
Undreamed Shores is a novel set in the age of Stonehenge, around 2400 BC, a coming of age story and an epic journey narrative
against the background of a rapidly changing society.
Science, Politics and Business in the
Work of Sir John Lubbock: A Man of Universal Mind is a contextual biography of the 19th Century
scientist, politician and banker, ennobled as Lord Avebury in 1901.
My book seeks to explore the interconnections
between science, politics and business in Lubbock’s own work, and also the connections that he was able to make between
other people working in these disparate fields (his home at High Elms in Kent was the scene for lively social gatherings at
which politicians such as William Gladstone met scientists such as Charles Darwin, Thomas Huxley and Joseph Hooker and businessmen
such as Thomas Edison and Andrew Carnegie).
Stone: Monuments and Society in Neolithic Brittany is an archaeological study of some of the oldest stone
buildings in the world, built in north-west France between four thousand and six thousand years ago, and attempts to reconstruct
the changing social structures of the communities that built them.
Islands in Time: Island Sociogeography and Mediterranean Prehistory is an archaeological study
of what it means to live on an island. Focussing on the islands of the Mediterranean between three thousand and ten thousand
years ago, the book explores the impact of factors such as island size and distance from the mainland on the ecology, society
and culture of prehistoric island communities.
To read more about these, and my other books, please click
on the “Publications” link.
I was born in Jersey in 1965,
the son of an Irish father and an English mother. Like most islanders, the sea played an important part in my childhood –
I can’t remember whether I learned to swim or walk first, but pretty much at the same time – and later took up
sailing and scuba-diving. Jersey is also an archaeological paradise and I started exploring the island’s “dolmens”
(the monuments that I later went on to write about in Statements in Stone) from about the age of nine.
I studied Archaeology and Anthropology at Clare College Cambridge and then took my PhD at University College London
(those stone monuments again!). After brief periods as a Research Fellow in Leiden and Paris, I became the Curator of Archaeology
for the Jersey Museums Service in 1990. In 1993 I moved to the UK to take up an academic career, and have since taught at
Trinity College Carmarthen (now Trinity University College) and at the Universities of Greenwich and Westminster.
Recent years have taken me into academic leadership, serving as a Dean at the University of Westminster and taking
the lead in developing global academic partnerships. I now teach with the Open University, which leaves me more time for writing.
My politics have always been on the centre-left. I was a Labour Councillor in Carmarthen, and contested the 1997
General Election as Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Lewes.
I have lived in London for eleven years
now, and love the cultural life here (museums and galleries, films, the theatre, concerts and the opera). To read more about
my political views and cultural life, please click on the “Blog” link.