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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 RT @GetHistory: Going 2 Chippenham 2 see @hare_wood @BenKaneAuthor & @ruthsdownie in the Roman panel 2day. A long drive, but worth it http:…

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Posted: 5th March 2015 @ 10:42 am

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Posted: 5th March 2015 @ 7:42 am

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Posted: 5th March 2015 @ 7:37 am

@hare_wood RT @BenKaneAuthor: There's still time to buy tickets for the Chippenham Roman Panel with me @hare_wood @ruthsdownie this Thurs at 7pm: http…

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Posted: 4th March 2015 @ 10:12 pm

@hare_wood Look what just arrived from @karenmaitland 's publisher? On the days when I think I'm too knackered to write,... http://t.co/9N7qekat26

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Posted: 4th March 2015 @ 2:46 pm

@hare_wood Thought for a quiet Tuesday evening as I head to bed... http://t.co/OrgsIT7XGT

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Posted: 3rd March 2015 @ 10:09 pm

@hare_wood .@BenKaneAuthor @JoanneBoughton @ruthsdownie Yep - as Ben says... we go where we're invited.

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Posted: 3rd March 2015 @ 4:46 pm

@hare_wood @BenKaneAuthor @JamesAitcheson @ruthsdownie Have fun in t'north... :)

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Posted: 3rd March 2015 @ 4:40 pm

@hare_wood shared from the wonderful Ruth Downie - we're at an event together (with Ben Kane) on Thursday, in case you... http://t.co/RbuFGwjE6c

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Posted: 3rd March 2015 @ 4:19 pm

@hare_wood RT @LAWsomeTweets: On Thursday @ruthsdownie and @hare_wood will be on a Roman Panel with @BenKaneAuthor at @heritagewshc... http://t.co/zBL…

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Posted: 3rd March 2015 @ 3:30 pm

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shared from the wonderful Ruth Downie - we're at an event together (with Ben Kane) on Thursday, in case you hadn't noticed... :)

http://ow.ly/JSlTQ

Posted: 3rd March 2015 @ 4:19 pm

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This isn't history - but given that I've just written a cross-over contemporary/historical thriller, I'm getting in the mood: View Link

So - click the link if you want a chance to win **41** paperbacks... :)

http://noorosha.com/giveaways/homicides-march/

Posted: 3rd March 2015 @ 2:10 pm

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Now *this* sounds fun...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hunted-Darkest-Hand-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00TYEFRNS/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1424776860&sr=8-2&keywords=tarn+richardson

Posted: 3rd March 2015 @ 1:53 pm

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So... which book would you read 100 times? I'm pretty close with Dorothy Dunnett's Lymond series, and Mary Renaults 'The Fire from Heaven'. If I had to pick one now... I'd go for just about anything by Andrew Taylor or Robert Wilton, Imogen Robertson's 'Paris Winter' or... of course... Wolf Hall...

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/feb/09/centireading-force-reading-book-100-times-great-idea?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=dlvr.it

Posted: 2nd March 2015 @ 11:18 pm

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Clare Mulley is a brilliant biographer... and here she is on History Girls blog....

http://the-history-girls.blogspot.com/2015/02/all-about-ida-by-clare-mulley_28.html?spref=fb

Posted: 1st March 2015 @ 5:55 pm

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Something we have been saying for a very, very long time. If you want utterly to destroy the power of the stones, drive a road under it. Which is what they're doing - because 'they' who are doing this are entirely aware of the likely effects. /sigh
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http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/dec/19/stonehenge-tunnel-wreck-archaeological-site-blick-mead

Posted: 1st March 2015 @ 2:06 pm

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History: 2,000 years rewritten: View Link

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/history/the-remarkable-archaeological-underwater-discovery-that-could-open-up-a-new-chapter-in-the-study-of-european-and-british-prehistory-10073458.html

Posted: 27th February 2015 @ 2:42 pm

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Yoga for writers! Perfect... just what we need at the end of a long week. I just passed 80,000 words on the book, did I mention? (*80k*! Wheee!)

http://yoganonymous.com/yoga-writers-get-rid-writers-block

Posted: 27th February 2015 @ 2:02 pm

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Stonewall has a Young Writers competition for young #LGBT authors - details here: View Link

http://www.stonewall.org.uk/at_school/11227.asp

Posted: 27th February 2015 @ 1:55 pm

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http://www.livescience.com/40530-etruscan-warrior-prince-is-a-princess.html

Posted: 26th February 2015 @ 7:35 pm

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-31603457

Posted: 25th February 2015 @ 7:36 pm

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Another amazing woman: View Link

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/ethel-raine-the-untold-story-of-a-woman-who-spied-for-britain-during-the-great-war-10062876.html

Posted: 23rd February 2015 @ 4:02 pm

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Returning the gods to their rightful homes. One more, stronger (even if it is a modern statue: it's the energy that counts)
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-31567991

Posted: 22nd February 2015 @ 12:26 pm

FROM: Victoria Moss

Just started re reading Boudica .Will be a different journey this time not living in the UK . No visiting specific sites for a start . I expect lots of memories to surface as I re live the places we visited . It's as awesome today as it was first read :-D

Posted: 22nd February 2015 @ 8:43 am

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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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