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Finding Victorian Manchester

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Take a walk around the Manchester of 2013 and behold a 21st Century city; skyscrapers and sleek, glass shop fronts galore. But look beyond the modern facade and you will find evidence of the origins…

Caravaggio: A Very Modern Hero

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Someone asked me why I chose to write a novel about Caravaggio (‘The Caravaggio Conspiracy’ is out now). Well, really I’d be mad not to. In all my art thrillers I’ve had strong characters, famous painters like…

Exclusive! Shakespeare & The Dragonfly

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It’s not every day that an undiscovered portrait of William Shakespeare is brought to your attention.  But having spent many an hour scrutinising images of Shakespeare for my book, Who Killed William Shakespeare? (The History Press, 2013)…

The Medicine Thieves

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The European conquests of the Americas brought war, pestilence and death to the communities that populated the continent. Infecting of the Amerindian people with disease cultures to which their bodies where not accustomed caused wide…

The Fear Of Displacement

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End-of-days rhetoric has dominated the nation’s talks on the recent lifting of sanctions on movement of Romanians and Bulgarians across the EU. Tabloids and their online counterparts, in the run up to New Year’s Day…

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Station Life In New Zealand

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Don’t be misled by the tightly pulled hair and the unsmiling visage of Lady Mary Anne Barker. Beneath that demure Victorian façade beat a heart as wild and courageous as any Rider Haggard hero. Lady…

Tweets from beyond the grave

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This is a story about how one historian’s research has brought a 16-year-old girl’s diary back to life…exactly one hundred years to the day since it was first written. Twitter might fulfil many functions, but…

Who Was Gordon Bennett?

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We’ve all said it – or heard it – but who exactly was Gordon Bennett and why does a small corner of Ireland remember his name so well? James Gordon Bennett was an American millionaire, owner of…