Well it was earlier this month actually, but I have received a belated and unexpected present in the form of a big box from the publishers Amberley. They published my collection of first-hand accounts from the Battle of Waterloo, called Waterloo Voices 1815 in 2015, but I wasn’t aware that a paperback edition was on the cards, so it was a pleasant surprise.
As those who have been following the blog for a while will know, my next book will be children’s fiction – a spooky story set in my favourite Cornish haunt (pun intended) of Polruan called The Ghosts of Blackbottle Rock.
My current project is a ‘conspiracy theory’ book about the Gunpowder Plot. But the ‘Gunpowder Plot was a conspiracy!’, I hear you cry. Yes, but this is a conspiracy within a conspiracy. All of the plotters were known to the authorities, and in fact half of them had taken part in an earlier armed rebellion against the government. The idea – which is not an original one on my part but is one which probably most people aren’t aware of – is that the government allowed the plotters to continue right up to the last minute in order to pull off a bigger anti-Catholic PR stunt. Some even believe government double-agents cooked up the whole thing. You’ll have to wait for the book to find out…