Why celebrate? Well, yesterday was the anniversary of that magnificent day in July when I was fortunate enough to land this spectacular human being. We were married in a turret of a Crusader castle overlooking the Aegean in the Turkish town of Bodrum… for the history buffs amongst you, Bodrum was the ancient city of …

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It’s quite fortunate that I’ve been languishing in the ridiculous luxury of Cape Kidnappers and attending to other writerly duties for the past four days, because I haven’t had the opportunity to get too anxious about the launch of The Emerald Tablet tomorrow. You know what it’s like when something you’ve been anticipating and looking …

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People often ask me why I’m a little obsessed with Turkey. Yes, I’m back there again in my new novel, The Emerald Tablet. Can’t stay away. This place – and the people who live there – has a great deal to do with it. Bodrum. Thanks to our beautiful friends, Bahadir Berkaya and Chris Drum, …

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Still meandering down memory lane. Couldn’t resist this one. The man referred to in yesterday’s post? Yeah, that’s him right there. What hope did I have? I’m only human, after all. At the end of our excavation season (yes, he was the dig romance that never ended), we clambered aboard one of the tiny wooden …

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Feeling a little sentimental. Might be the winter weather that’s doing it to me… this used to be the time of year I’d pack up and fly to warmer climes to excavate in Turkey. Or perhaps it’s the pending publication of my third novel which is, at its heart, a love story about a place …

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So now it seems that the antiquities stolen from Syria during ISIS’ short-lived caliphate are turning up for sale on Facebook. ‘But that can’t be right!’ I hear you cry (even if you didn’t). ‘What about the televised – and heartbreaking -destruction of Palmyra and the museum collections I saw on the YouTubes?’ Thing is, …

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