Pirates ahead!

Pirated book, India

While I’m aware of the tremendous support I receive in India for my books, the government still needs to do something about pirating. Here’s a classic example – they’re even putting my name on books that I didn’t write!


2016 is a hugely exciting year for The Clifton Chronicles, and I am delighted to announce that due to popular demand, the final two books in the series will be published this year. The sixth and penultimate instalment, COMETH THE HOUR, will be available worldwide from 25th February 2016, and the seventh and final volume in the series will be … Read More

Happy New Year

May I wish all my readers a very happy New Year. I’ve been fascinated by the discussions on the New Year’s Honours list, and while I have no quarrel with DBEs being given to Sian Phillips and Barbara Windsor, and even in previous years to Kristin Scott Thomas and Joan Collins, I am, nevertheless, puzzled as to why there are … Read More

Merry Christmas

Christmas tree decorated

Wishing all my readers a very Merry Christmas, and a peaceful and prosperous New Year. And to all those who’ve been kind enough to ask, COMETH THE HOUR will be with you on 25th February 2016.  

Handing in the book

Mari, line editing 2015

I’ve finally come to the end of COMETH THE HOUR, book six of The Clifton Chronicles, after a long session with my line editor, who discovered, among other things, that Lady Virginia was invited to a lunch at Harry’s Bar, and then a few pages later, the lunch took place at Mark’s Club….a simple mistake, but the sort of thing … Read More

Paperback publication & No.1

Cometh the Hour UK

I am thrilled to learn that Mightier Than The Sword in paperback is No.1 for the second week running on the Sunday Times Bestsellers List – many thanks to all my readers.  And this morning, I handed in the final draft of COMETH THE HOUR, the sixth volume in The Clifton Chronicles series, which will be published on 25 February next … Read More

Politics and Publishing

What a strange fortnight it’s been. I don’t know about you, but three weeks of opinion polls continually indicating it would be neck and neck between Labour and the Conservatives, had utterly convinced me that we would end up with two parties trying to form a government – but the British people decided otherwise.  It gave me particular pleasure to … Read More