Reading Matters

For many years, we created newsletters that were emailed to subscribers and were also posted on Our Newsletters website page, fifty-three in all. They contained our latest news, as well as features on anything that appealed to us. We were able to stray well beyond the confines of our published books, or perhaps expand on something in those books, and we were also able to include photographs and other illustrations.

Regrettably, we have now stopped producing newsletters, because of the imposition by the European Union of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which places an onerous burden on small businesses.

From now on, keep an eye instead on the different pages of our website, and take a look at this blog. We will continue to add any news in our Latest News page of the website, and any forthcoming talks or interviews will be listed on the Events page.

If you enjoy these newsletters and blog, then you will probably also enjoy our books!
If you are now at a loss for something to read, we would (of course) suggest that you try any of our books that you haven’t read. Here’s a cut-out-and-keep summary, though many more details are on the website:

Reference books

Our earlier books are mainly reference books, and most are still in print. They include The Handbook of British Archaeology, Archaeological Illustration, Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome, Handbook to Life in Ancient Greece and Dictionary of Roman Religion. We also wrote A Field Guide to Somerset Archaeology, for those visiting the county, and three highly illustrated books on archaeology – An Introduction to Archaeology, Abandoned Places and Introduction to the Romans.

Readable books!

We have since written several books that are intended to be read from cover to cover:

The Keys of Egypt: the Race to Read the Hieroglyphs (in the US, it is The Keys of Egypt: the Race to Crack the Hieroglyph Code).

This gave rise to The Little Book of Egyptian Hieroglyphs, which is really a little reference book.

Empires of the Plain: Henry Rawlinson and the Lost Languages of Babylon.

Trafalgar: The Biography of a Battle (in the US, it is Nelson’s Trafalgar: the Battle that Changed the World).

The War for All the Oceans: from Nelson at the Nile to Napoleon at Waterloo.

Jack Tar: Life in Nelson’s Navy (the paperback is Jack Tar: The extraordinary lives of ordinary seamen in Nelson’s navy – though most people prefer to use the hardback title).

Eavesdropping on Jane Austen’s England: How Our Ancestors Lived Two Centuries Ago (in the US, it is Jane Austen’s England: Daily Life in the Georgian and Regency Periods)

Gibraltar: The Greatest Siege in British History.


The following books are also available as e-books: The Handbook of British Archaeology, Empires of the Plain, Trafalgar (and also Nelson’s Trafalgar in the US), The War for All the Oceans, Jack Tar, Eavesdropping on Jane Austen’s England and Gibraltar.


The War for All the Oceans is available in the US as a full-length CD narrated by Patrick Lawlor. Gibraltar is narrated by John Telfer as a downloadable audiobook.

Foreign translations

This is a simplified list of many of our translations:

Introduction to the Romans – Spanish, German and French.

Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome – Chinese, Russian and Czech (with rumours of a Japanese edition).

Handbook to Life in Ancient Greece – Chinese, Russian and Czech.

The Keys of Egypt – Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Swedish, Norwegian, Taiwan, Japanese, Chinese, German, Korean.

The Little Book of Egyptian Hieroglyphs – Dutch, Swedish, Finnish.

Empires of the Plain – Polish, Bulgarian.

Trafalgar – Japanese, Swedish, Spanish, Portuguese.

The War for All the Oceans – Polish.

Eavesdropping on Jane Austen’s England – forthcoming in Chinese.