The new novel (Dark Age, out in October) is now with the editor, ready for the next phase. In the meantime, I wanted to flag up that its predecessor, Pendragon, has been nominated for a major award: the annual Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize for Best Published Novel. The five other shortlisted titles look fantastic and I’ll certainly be dipping into them before the award is announced in September. With all the great books published last year, it really is an honour that Pendragon made it into such prestigious company. More details here.
If you’re looking for signed copies of the just-released paperback edition of Pendragon, there’s a huge pile waiting at Forbidden Planet in London.
Hereward, the first book in the series, is currently on sale on Amazon for Kindle – a mere 99p. If you ever thought of sampling my work or delving into the life of England’s Greatest Hero (TM), now’s the time.
One of my particular interests is how knowledge is often embedded in folklore and myth. In the past these fireside stories were usually dismissed as flights of imagination by the ignorant – by modern standards – and of little use. That view is changing.
Plenty of noses turned up at ancient medical treatments too. So this caught my eye: the formation of a multi-disciplinary ‘ancientbiotics’ team, comprising pharmacologists, microbiologists, medievalists, chemists and data experts in the UK and US. The aim is to test if medieval medical treatments have anything to offer modern medicine.
The team was formed at the University of Nottingham in response to the rise of antibiotic-resistant infections.
Erin Connelly, a fellow in digital manuscript studies at the University of Pennsylvania, is creating a database of the ingredients used in medieval medical recipes, and also how they are used in combination. “The past could inform the future'” she says.
“The team believes that novel routes to antibiotic discovery are necessary, and that present-day research may also reveal something about the methodology of medieval practitioners.”
- And a quick note to remind that Dark Age, the sequel to Pendragon, is now available for pre-order. You can check out the blurb here.
Hereward is published in Germany next year, courtesy of Bastel Lubbe. Here’s the cover.
Want to see the Italian cover for Pendragon, out in a few short days from Newton Compton? Of course you do.
Dark Age – for that is what the sequel to Pendragon is called – will be in shops on June 28. More on the story later. But if you want to pre-order the book, you can do so here…
Pendragon has been receiving some great reviews. That’s always hugely gratifying when you’ve laboured over a novel for a year, but it’s particularly nice when people ‘get’ what you’re trying to do. Here’s a couple:
Deadly culture clashes and earthy mysticism (complete with witchcraft and visions fueled by magic mushrooms) combine in this exciting saga about a dark time in European history. The plot doesn’t go where you’d expect, and there are more than a few fierce, stereotype-defying women characters.
Though it works successfully as a standalone, Pendragon can also be viewed as the beginning of a much larger tale. The events weaving together aren’t just changing individual lives, they are shaping a nation. Wilde’s latest skillfully deconstructs the myths of Arthur and Camelot but creating a stunning prequel.
‘Before King Arthur. Before Camelot. Before Excalibur. Every Legend Has A Beginning.’
Out today! The last days of Roman Britain. The seeds that will grow into the legend of King Arthur one hundred years later. An epic tale reaching from Hadrian’s Wall and Stonehenge to Gaul and Rome at the heart of the empire. Battles, conspiracy, rival factions and a colourful cast of soldiers and courtesans, spies, Emperors, barbarians and mystics.
Order it from your favourite bookstore, or buy it from Amazon:
Great review of Pendragon in The Times today:
Pendragon has all the hallmarks of a traditional historical adventure story – there are battles, swords, and he bantering of violent men, all done with style. However, there is also intellectual heft to the story, with its themes of myth-making and the nature of power.