Thursday, April 16, 2020



With the Belgae defeated, and the Durotrages given their freedom, Artur casts his eyes across the sea to the ever-gathering shadows of war. Around him, there is disharmony and discord, with friends having fallen or turned against him. Before him, there is an army more powerful, and more vicious, than any the world has ever seen.

Can he make a stand where so many have fallen? Can he defy a great tide that is set to wash the Dewnan from their lands?

There is little chance for them in battle, and no choice but to fight, so he does the only thing he can do . . .

Gathering his Company, he joins the Veneti warriors in crossing the Mor Pretani. Whether he is ready yet or not, he has to put aside the suffering of his childhood so that he can confront Caesar’s forces and save his people.

Even with Morlain’s guidance and Lancelin’s blade, it might not be enough. Even with his men’s undying loyalty and the Sword of Menluit in his hand, it might not be enough. But they will stand and they will inspire the legends that will follow and, if this is to be the last page of their story, so be it. For it will be a story well told. A story to inspire. The story of the Dewnan.

Author: Tim Bagshaw

Genre: historical fiction / historical fantasy

Series: The Chronicle of the Dewnan
, book 2

Publisher: Publishing Push (March 2020)

Print length: 499 pages


A few of your favorite things:
Cornwall and the ocean! Swimming on a balmy evening in June at Lansallos Cove, the barbecue cooking on the beach . . .
Things you need to throw out: anything that gets in the way of achieving something productive. There’s too much ‘stuff’ in this life . . . 

Things you need in order to write:
peace and quiet.
Things that hamper your writing: life and all its commitments— and having to pay the mortgage!

Things you love about writing:
the research, the escapism, and the relationship with my characters.
Things you hate about writing: nothing, it’s all an adventure.

Things you never want to run out of: energy and optimism.
Things you wish you’d never bought: following a fad of the time we bought a futon in the early 1990s. Even now I can’t think why.  

Words that describe you: confident, supportive, emotional.
Words that describe you but you wish they didn’t:
irritable, moody, irrational.

Favorite foods: I have many—but there are few things more comforting than a warm sausage sandwich (Warrens, Old Cornish for preference) on thick sliced wholemeal bread with butter and a good squirt of HP brown sauce.
Things that make you want to throw up: a few years ago, in a restaurant in Tokyo, someone gave me a raw sea urchin. I love Japanese food, but I needed a lot of green tea after tasting that!   

Favorite music: I’m a child of the 1970’s! I like a brass band as well, and a bit of opera . . .
Music that make your ears bleed: the words ‘club anthem’ would cause me to immediately leave the room.

Favorite beverage: a cup of strong tea.

Something that gives you a pickle face: anything that has Anise in it.

Something you wish you could do: be fluent in Greek.
Something you wish you’d never learned to do: paint windows!

Something you like to do: read— loads of great authors, but Patrick O’Brien, Patrick Leigh Fermor have inspired me, and I can lose myself completely in the novels of Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy.

Something you wish you’d never done: I went to see a film called Freebirds with my youngest son, quite a few years ago now, it was awful!

Things you’d walk a mile for: a pint of Doombar. It’s about a mile to the pub from my house!
Things that make you want to run screaming from the room: note comment on Club Anthems above . . .

Things you always put in your books: determined, confident characters— and characters who need to be challenged and the basis of an historical connection.

Things you never put in your books: gratuitous violence.

Favorite places you’ve been: I love southern Greece and the Peloponnese. I’ve also been to Chicago, New York, and San Francisco several times— great cities. And then we had a really good couple of days in Memphis, on Beale Street and going to Graceland . . .
Places you never want to go to again: nowhere, everywhere has it charms if you look for them.

Things that make you happy: a sunny day after the rain.

Things that drive you crazy: people who don’t remember that you should give way to the right at a roundabout!

Proudest moment: being married to my wife, and watching my sons grow up into fine young men.
Most embarrassing moment: I’m not sure I can put those here; suffice to say they are all because of one too many glasses of wine.

Best thing you’ve ever done: being married to Penny, it is the cornerstone of everything.

Biggest mistake: lots of mistakes. But perhaps in the beginning I should have stuck to my aspiration to be a journalist and not come to serious writing much later in life.

Most daring thing you’ve ever done: submitting to peer pressure and jumping into the river in the Ardeche Gorge in France from a great height (see answer below). 

Something you chickened out from doing: Anything that involves heights (except for the above).

The last thing you did for the first time: fly to the Isles of Scilly (not for the fainthearted!)

Something you’ll never do again: fall in love for the first time.


Tim Bagshaw lives in Cornwall, in the United Kingdom, in the midst of the ancient land of the Dewnan.

An amateur historian and seeker of hidden truths, he is passionate about the place he lives in, and through a combination of walking, observing and living in the landscape, and a keen interest in lost and forgotten histories he has created a new take on the story of Arthur, where the legend begins far earlier, with a valiant stand against the inevitable advance of the Roman legions.

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