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About 

Manda Scott

Welcome to the website of MC Scott, aka Manda Scott: novelist, columnist and broadcaster. Mostly the former, it has to
be said, but that’s always what takes up the most time. It takes a year to write a book and a week to read it and this is what keeps us on the lookout always for better, more engaging, more
inspiring books.

Because books are about inspiration. They’re about letting small parts of ourselves free into the dreams of other worlds to explore other ways of being.

As George RR Martin so neatly puts it: ‘A man who reads lives a thousand lives before he dies. A man who never reads, lives only one.’ Extending that to the whole of humanity, welcome, to the world of many lives: what I write, and what you read will always be different, but somewhere in the middle is a meeting of minds where together, we create new ways of being - and some of them, may help us navigate our route through the dream we call reality.

Biography

I was a veterinary surgeon before I became a writer: I grew up in the James Herriot era and naively thought it was possible to do both well. It took me ten years of veterinary work before I began to write properly and another five before I gave up the day job for good. And it has been good: whatever anyone else tells you, writing is the best job in the world. Where else would it be possible to sit at a desk imagining the world as it might have been, could have been – occasionally as I would like it to have been – and be paid for those imaginings. Language is the core of what makes us human and the freedom to play with it, to mould it, to make new sentences that have never been formed before: it’s sheer heaven. And yes, you can remind me of that when I’m sweating a deadline and thinking life was simpler when I had random strangers phoning me at four in the morning and telling me to get out of bed.

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In the beginning, I wrote crime thrillers: what else do you do if you’re in a veterinary clinic and haven’t got time for research. The first three made a series, the fourth stood alone and both went down well: I had a career as a crime writer, and a lot of friends in the Crime Writers’ Association. Then I had a nudge to write the Boudica series. Originally conceived as a trilogy, it became a tetralogy (or a quartet, if you prefer) and the rest, as they say, is history. Four Boudica: Dreaming, translated worldwide, four ROME espionage thrillers – there’s something utterly captivating about ancient world spies – and now Jeanne d’Arc: I think I know who she was and it definitely wasn’t a peasant girl from Bar who happened to have skills with a lance. There’s a thriller in the pipelines and ideas for short stories, plays, films, television series and a mini radio operetta: that wasn’t my idea, I was just asked to help write it – you see? Writing is the very best job in the world.

Interviews

Armed with pens

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Manda Scott on Writing

The History Girls

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An interview with Manda Scott by Louise Berridge

Sir-Read-A-Lot

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Roman Empress - An interview with Manda Scott

Today I’m Reading

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An interview with Manda Scott by blogger Today I’m Reading

Readers Digest NZ

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An interview with author Manda Scott

Dreaming Courses

Welcome to the world of shamanic dreaming.

This is where reality diverges, the one you have been used to, and the one that actually exists. This is where boundaries shift, and keep on shifting. This is where we find out that Douglas Adams was right, and the Total Perspective Vortex is generally a pretty scary thing. But there’s help. Which is rather the point. Shamanic practice is about asking for help and what sets the trained apart from the untrained is that the former know who to ask, how to ask, how to get to there, how to get back, and how to integrate the results into their everyday lives. Because living *this* life, fully, is what it’s all about. That and learning to die with full awareness.

In early October 2010, a group of writers got together and formed the Historical Writers’ Association – the HWA.

This grew from the belief that we as historical writers need to have the same kind of professional body run by professional writers for professional writers (and their agents and publishers) to sustain, promote and support each other and our work in the way that the Crime Writers’ Association supports writers of crime fiction and non-fiction.

Our initial plans involve a Festival of Historical Writing to be held in conjunction with Historic England’s Festival of History at Kelmarsh.

We will move towards finding sponsorship for historical prizes, and organise social events similar to the CWA, plus alternatives as our members see fit: in the era of electronic networking, a great deal is being achieved already online.

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Rome: The Art of War

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AD69: The Year of the Four Emperors.  Since Nero's suicide, three emperors have ruled in Rome and a fourth, Vespasian, has been named in the east.

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@hare_wood

@hare_wood New week, new tweets, new stats. 38 followers, 34 unfollowers. Via good old http://t.co/SANV8cypI1

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Posted: 29th January 2015 @ 11:06 am

@hare_wood .@wrathofgod @HistoryNeedsYou Haven't...but definitely should. I'm working in 1941 - 55 at the moment: SOE and the origins of CIA/NSA.

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Posted: 28th January 2015 @ 11:56 am

@hare_wood This is what the politics of hope looks like. @UKLabour, take note. This is why we'll be voting #GREEN http://t.co/qJO9N4Cfco

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Posted: 27th January 2015 @ 5:03 pm

@hare_wood RT @wwwfoecouk: Solidarity from Belfast anti #fracking demo @foe_ni @GuardianWitness #binthebill #banfracking http://t.co/baq79rsmDC

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Posted: 27th January 2015 @ 3:00 pm

@hare_wood so why did @UKLabour abstain? Are they willfully ignorant? Or do they just not care? Losing votes by the armful. #Binthebill

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Posted: 27th January 2015 @ 3:00 pm

@hare_wood RT @The45Storm: RT: Well worth a read "Same Old New Labour" @stevetopple http://t.co/q8V0jD5ji3 #FrackingSham #BinTheBill http://t.co/U0USZ…

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Posted: 27th January 2015 @ 2:58 pm

@hare_wood RT @HistoryExtra: Artistic responses to the Holocaust http://t.co/MmqWvF2pmp #HolocaustMemorialDay

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Posted: 27th January 2015 @ 2:12 pm

@hare_wood RT @dpmarquees: We are proud to sponsor and supply marquees at to the 2015 Chalke Valley History Festival - Go check it out! @CVHISTORYFEST

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Posted: 27th January 2015 @ 2:12 pm

@hare_wood RT @CVHISTORYFEST: Join our #CVHF FB Event page for details on Chalke Valley History Festival, 22 - 28 June! http://t.co/Bj23gsqCmN http://…

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Posted: 27th January 2015 @ 2:12 pm

@hare_wood RT @The45Storm: This is for all the real people who genuinely care #BINTHEBILL #fracking http://t.co/l7326wg12o

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Posted: 27th January 2015 @ 2:11 pm

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Link posted by: Manda Scott

Not my era, but looks fun:

www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jan/25/duke-wellington-napoleon-finally-meet-shared-destinies-exhibition-waterloo

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jan/25/duke-wellington-napoleon-finally-meet-shared-destinies-exhibition-waterloo

Posted: 26th January 2015 @ 8:26 pm

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What's most amazing about this, is how much #history remains to be uncovered: View Link

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/czechrepublic/11340620/Czech-resistance-radio-antenna-used-in-Reinhard-Heydrich-assassination-discovered.html

Posted: 22nd January 2015 @ 11:16 am

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http://www.archaeology.org/news/2666-141029-fertility-genius-papcastle/2666-141029-fertility-genius-papcastle

Posted: 22nd January 2015 @ 8:32 am

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Posted: 20th January 2015 @ 11:22 pm

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Hello, people... If you live near Chippenham in Wiltshire, or know anyone who does, I'll be there with @BenKane and @RuthDownie on 5th March talking about Romans: View Link

http://www.wshc.eu/home/news.html

Posted: 19th January 2015 @ 2:50 pm

FROM: Chiara Johnson

Dear Manda, Just checking in as I thought I'd joined the activism yahoo group. Is this FB group the same? Or do you want me to join that as well? Thanks lovely x

Posted: 19th January 2015 @ 2:13 pm

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Posted: 19th January 2015 @ 9:47 am

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Don't forget to visit the HWA page occasionally, people...

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Historical-Writers-Association/183483285031487

Posted: 16th January 2015 @ 1:13 pm

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This looks fascinating....

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/news/sonya-dartois-soe-agent-who-showed-extraordinary-courage-and-resourcefulness-in-nazioccupied-france-9976235.html

Posted: 15th January 2015 @ 7:17 pm

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Posted: 9th January 2015 @ 2:47 pm

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Posted: 9th January 2015 @ 2:45 pm

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Noor Inayat Khan was one of the most exceptional of the SOE women - this should be interesting: View Link

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02fwl80

Posted: 8th January 2015 @ 6:09 pm

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I'll be opening this in March, should you be in the vicinity: View Link

http://www.alderneyliterarytrust.com/events/

Posted: 8th January 2015 @ 3:07 pm

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This from the Historical Writers' Association page... (visit it, if you don't already)

http://goo.gl/Vx7bV8

Posted: 8th January 2015 @ 1:28 pm

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Posted: 4th January 2015 @ 10:33 pm

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Posted: 2nd January 2015 @ 11:15 pm

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I am still somewhat awed that I'm working in a historical period where there are still people living who were there: View Link

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world-war-two/11320880/Grandmother-honoured-with-three-war-medals-after-a-70-year-wait.html

Posted: 2nd January 2015 @ 9:46 am

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This year, our politicians will meet - the decisions they make will decide whether we can keep the temperature rise below 2C. If we don't, the results will be catastrophic. If you have spare money - donate to whatever you think will best help action. I chose 350.org because they seem really to understand what's happening and to have a plan for the future that is workable.

https://act.350.org/donate/2013

Posted: 1st January 2015 @ 12:54 pm

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This - about gender of characters... which applies just as much to the sexuality of characters.

https://www.facebook.com/robin.hobb/posts/10152938014174845

Posted: 31st December 2014 @ 3:14 pm

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Truth or Fantasy: clinging to the notions of the past

A strange thing happened to me on the way to writing this blog… Not quite, obviously, it’s a rhetorical device, but in its way it’s accura …

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Posted: 5th June 2013 @ 3:38 pm

The Art of War review on the (unofficial) British Army Website

The Art of War is set in AD 69, the 'year of the four Emperors' and is the fourth in the Rome series by MC Scott.  I hadn't heard of the author prior to …

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Posted: 5th June 2013 @ 3:37 pm

Hare Dreamer - audiobook short story now available to download

Hare Dreamer – episode 3 of the Radio 4's Moments Past series is available now to download from

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Posted: 5th June 2013 @ 3:36 pm

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