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7 September 2021.


With eleven Ties of Blood titles under his belt (and hopefully more to come), Peter is taking on a new challenge with the arrival in Bicorn-world of a series of novels set in the early Victorian era.

The River Trilogy introduces a satisfyingly large cast of characters (both real and fictional) who involve themselves in the great events of the day, at home and abroad. The opening story (PROMISE, its action covering the years 1847 - 55), for instance, takes a look at topics as diverse as art, celebrity, Chartism, journalism, theatre, drugs, contraception, shipbuilding, cosmetics, literature, sanitation, the Great Exhibition, photography, the Crimean War - oh, and love.

The second title, DESIRE, published in March 2021,follows the increasingly complicated fortunes of the young people as their lives take different directions. As well as the challenges of Victoria's England, individuals become involved in adventures in India, China and the United States. The final book in the sequence, set in England and America, is due for publication in the winter.

All of the historical episodes featured are woven into a compelling story set in the fast-turrning world of the mid-nineteenth century. Big events are covered in the tale, but also timeless themes are addressed such as loyalty, family, romance, trust and loss.

The three-book series will ultimately span two decades, during which time both our characters and the world itself will have seen an astonishing period of change, both good and bad. 



On the heels of the ten Ties of Blood novels, there is a book of short stories now out. Titled "A Dozen Bakers", the tales cover two decades and fill in one or two gaps in the Ties of Blood canon. The stories give more back story to some favourite characters in the series, as well as highlighting several interesting and lesser known historical episodes. So, if you are intrigued by Sir John Moore's adventures in Sweden, how the British won the Battle of the Nations at Leipzig, Lord Cochrane, Nelson at Cadiz or perhaps Lord Wellington's counterfeiting racket, this is the book for you!


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The latest novel in the Ties of Blood series is  "TAKE, BURN OR DESTROY" which features our heroes taking part in fact-based adventures in Cape Town, Buenos Aires and Copenghagen, during the years 1805 - 07. This book is Ties of Blood:10, but as it is a prequel, you could think of it as the new number 1! See button left for more information. Kindle version also out now.


Revised versions of first seven novels in the series, "ALONE WITH GLORY", "THE COLOUR OF BLOOD",  "A DIFFERENT KIND OF WAR", "THE HARDEST FIGHT", "THE BLAST OF WAR",  "EVEN TO THE KNIFE" and "THE OTHER SIDE OF THE HILL"   are all now available on Kindle - with one or two typos put right and a few minor enhancements. Each of these new editions also include details of the rest of the series.
"THE DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT" (the War of 1812 novel) follows soon in a revised version.

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There is a new page (see button, bottom left) where Peter lists novels which inspire him or are written in a similar genre to his own. So, once you've run through the Ties of Blood series and caught up with The River Trilogy here are some new ideas for you! There are well over forty titles now, classics old and new!


There is a lot of interest in the food and drink mentioned in the books. Bicorn has added a FOOD page (see button left). The dishes are all mentioned being (mostly) enjoyed in the stories and have all been tested in the kitchens at Bicorn Towers. New recipes just added!


Peter's introductory talk about the period, "Love & War, Sherry & Tripe", has been warmly received all over the country (last airings, Stamford Georgian Festival and Buxton's Devonshire Dome). He has also crafted different talks for specific events or anniversaries.
There is a talk ("Balls, Belles and Bugles") around the Waterloo story and "Fact or Fiction" focuses on the historical novelist's challenge in telling the tale. A social history talk, "The Home Front" had its debut before the discerning audience at the East Midlands Napoleonic Days in 2018 and new for 2019 was "The Senior Service". "Napoleon: Master or Monster?"  made its debut in 2020.

To arrange a talk:

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There are currently ten Ties of Blood novels in print, plus the new short stories and the first of the River Trilogy series. All these titles are now also available on Kindle via Amazon.
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Peter is happy to sign your copy of the book/s. If you order online you can ask for a dedication when you visit the Buy the Book page. First editions of all titles are still available at time of writing.

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