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My third novel, Omphalos, is published by Crooked
Cat Publications on 5th December 2014. It is made up of six stories, each set in a different time period (from the present
day back to 4000 BC), nested inside one another like a Russian doll, and linked by a specific place, by suggested ancestral
links, and by objects from one period which are found in another.
"Omphalos is a beautiful book ... Five
stars, so far as I am concerned, without a doubt." Richard Abbott, author of In a Milk and Honeyed Land.
Further background information can be found on my blog (see below).
Accidental King is a novel set in southern Britain in the 1st Century AD. The fictionalised
autobiography of Tiberius Claudius Cogidubnus, the pro-Roman client king, it tells of the Roman invasion, the Boudiccan Revolt,
and the conflicted loyalties of a man who has chosen the paths of peace and compromise.
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.
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).
Statements in 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.
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).