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Treasure hunting

fortune & glory smallIn a week I will be following a MOOC on Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime (University of Glasgow), together with a course on Shipwrecks and Submerged Worlds (University of Southampton).
Yes, I’m doing this both for fun and as documentation for future stories – and it will be eight hours per week, for four weeks, well spent.

It’s quite suitable, therefore, that the postman just delivered my copy of Fortune & Glory, by David McIntee, published by Osprey Adventures.

The book is subtitled A Treasure Hunter’s Handbook, and is filled with the sort of information I might need were I to drop my current boring life and start down the same track followed by the likes of Indiana Jones and Nathan Drake. Continue reading


Templars – a quick fix

PrintAs I think I mentioned elsewhere, part of the fun of writing historical and psaeudo-historical fiction is, you get to read a lot of great books and file the experience under “research“.

And indeed, I’ve collected a huge library of books through the years, because of research.
Visitors to my house normally get the “I can’t see what this book may have to do with your work!” vibe quite fast.

Currently I’m trying to get some background and texture for a new project, and this means I can fully enjoy Graeme Davis‘ excellent Knights Templar, A Secret History, and pretend it’s hard work and not just great fun.
Because it is. Continue reading