Douglas Jackson is the author of the successful historical novels Caligula and Claudius and my next book Hero of Rome, the first of a new trilogy, will be published in July 2010. I was born in Jedburgh on the border between England and Scotland in the summer of 1956. It's a place full of history... show more
Douglas Jackson is the author of the successful historical novels Caligula and Claudius and my next book Hero of Rome, the first of a new trilogy, will be published in July 2010. I was born in Jedburgh on the border between England and Scotland in the summer of 1956. It's a place full of history and haunted by the ghosts of Border reivers and the victims of centuries of bloody border warfare. I left school three weeks before my 16th birthday with six O levels and no idea what I was going to do with the rest of my life. Luckily, a friend worked in the local employment office and got me a place on a youth work scheme. It turned out to be restoring a Roman marching camp in the Cheviot Hills and I had a wonderful summer turning turf and dreaming of Romans. Later I joined my local paper and for the next 36 years worked in local and national newspapers in Scotland, including the Daily Record and the Scotsman. I left the Scotsman after nine years as assistant editor in the summer of 2009 to become a full-time writer.Get in touch or become a fan on my Facebook page www.facebook.com/pages/Doug-Jackson-author/245467143762?ref=nfVisit my websites at www.douglas-jackson.net and http://authorsplace.co.uk/doug-jacksonOr read my blog about the highs and lows of becoming a published author on http://dougsbookblog.blogspot.com
Birth date: January 01, 1956
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Defender of Rome, the second in Douglas Jackson’s ‘…of Rome’ series, was an absolute pleasure to read, from start to finish. The calm, assured, precise and evocative prose is dotted with little hints of Rome’s history - and continuing relevance. In fact, there is clearly such a deep knowledge of t...
There is a large and growing body of historical fiction set in the ancient world. Characterised by almost fetishistically detailed depictions of the mechanisms and paraphernalia of war, this burgeoning toga-lit is aimed primarily at male readers. Hero Of Rome, which begins with Roman soldiers attack...
Our first meeting of Gaius in the prologue highlights the sadism prevalent in his character – even as a child. It’s times like this I wish I wasn’t so visual when reading!The first part tells us the story of how Rufus moves from being a slave to the baker to be the slave of animal keeper Cornelius ...
More Period Piece than true historical fiction, and as can be imagined, it is rather gorey so not for the squeamish.The reviewy type thing starts now: It is as if Douglas Jackson watchd the sublime 'I Claudius' on BBC2 back in the day and decided that he could write a story from the rhubarb chuntere...