Pursuing thieves, murderers, adulterers and philanderers through the ages is just an average day in my world. Like Dr Who, I hunt ordinary individuals who unwittingly had such an extraordinary impact on their world that the consequences changed the course of history. Then I tell the stories of these rogues – their true stories – in such a way that reviewers and readers say my popular history books are "as gripping as thrillers". Click on the images below for information about each book.
And there's more ...
My fifth book, The Lucretia Borgia of Botany Bay, will be published by Allen & Unwin in April 2015. It tells the story of Louisa Collins, the last woman executed in NSW.
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- Carol Chronicles: updates about my writing and speaking ventures
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- Publishing Pointers: self-publishing tips
- Rave Reviews: reviews of books that I like and that might interest you.
25 May 2014: I have been invited to be a lead presenter on the Unlock the Past 15-day Baltic cruise leaving Southampton, England, on 15 Jun 2015.
9/10 May 2014: Two-day researching and writing seminars at Adelaide went brilliantly.
5 May 2014: The mass paperback version of The Peculiar Case of the Electric Constable is now available.
30 Mar 2014: I am the nonfiction judge for the New England Thunderbolt Crime Writing awards. An honour to be asked!
14 Mar 2014: My status as an adjunct lecture at the University of New England has been renewed.
20 Jan 2014: Link to Youtube video about Peculiar Case.
21 Dec 2013: Review from Sydney Morning Herald for the Peculiar Case: 'as gripping and readable as any crime novel, but all factual and based on remarkable research'.
17 Dec 2013: Review from Britain's The Good Book Guide for Peculiar Case: 'Meticulously researched and entertainingly told, this is a vivid picture of an electrifying age.'
13 Nov 2013: Captain Thunderbolt and his Lady received equal first prize in the Society of Women Writers Biennial Awards, in the Nonfiction category.
5 Nov 2013: Review for The Peculiar Case of the Electric Constable in Maclean's Magazine (Canada): 'deftly woven tale ... delicious detail'.
29 Oct 2013: Review from the Shelf Awareness newsletter: 'An exhilarating real-life thriller'.
15 Oct 2013: Review from the Library Journal (USA): 'easily readable, interesting and enjoyable'.
14 Oct 2013: Review in The Book Addiction (USA): 'A fascinating read to say the least!'
22 Sep 2013: Reviews appear in the oddest of places. The Destructive Music website said The Peculiar Case is 'enthralling'. Click here for review.
13 Sep 2013: A great review from the Independent (UK): 'totally irresistible'. Click here for full review.
6 Sep 2013: Another great review in London's Daily Mail: 'a fascinating history, mystery and portrait of a complex, contradictory man'. Click here for full review.
31 Aug 2013: And the London Times: 'as lively and readable as a crime thriller'. Click here for full review.
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