Links to research and other information on my novels (mostly Rose Under Fire at the moment!).

In my author's note to The Lion Hunter, I quote an Ethiopian proverb which goes, "To lie about a far country is easy." Bearing in mind L.P. Hartley's famous opening to The Go-Between, "The past is a foreign country," you could just as easily tell lies about the past. Who's to argue? I strive for historical accuracy in my novels, but perfection is impossible. Anachronisms creep into my characters' speech; there are errors in my geography and timing. I hope most of these errors are small. I seem to be building myself a reputation for historical accuracy. But ultimately, I'm a fiction writer, not a historian. The best that I can hope for in my novels is plausibility. I'm not trying to give a history lesson. I'm trying to tell a story.

Having said that, my novels are based in real history as much as is humanly possible, and there's a lot of interesting stuff out there. The resources listed here give the interested reader some further information about some of the topics in my books, as well as information about the historical background I've plundered for constructing my own plots and characters.


If this is all too serious for you, check out my Pinterest and Tumblr accounts, which I pretty much use as repositories for media images and fanart related to Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire.