LifeTimes and Sea Without a Shore are published by Maytree Press.
Revolution Day and Zeus of Ithome are published by Crooked Cat.
Signed paperback copies of these books are available at £5 each (£7 for LifeTimes) plus £2 p&p (to UK). To order, e-mail Tim on email@example.com, or send a cheque payable to T E Taylor to 2 Albion Court, Meltham, Holmfirth, West Yorks HD9 5JB.
Knowing What is Good for You is published by Palgrave Macmillan and available from the publisher.
Carlos Almanzor has been the ruler of his country for 37 years. Now in his seventies, he is feeling his age and seeing enemies around every corner. And with good reason: his Vice-President, Manuel Jimenez, though outwardly loyal, is burning with frustration at his subordinate position. Meanwhile, Carlos’ estranged and imprisoned wife Juanita recalls how he came to power and how, over time, he gradually changed from an idealist into an autocrat and embraced repression as the means of sustaining his position. In time, as Manuel makes his own bid for power, Juanita will find herself an unwitting participant in his plans.
"Different viewpoints are skilfully interwoven as the roles of the characters in the current drama are revealed. I found myself unable to guess the actual ending to the dilemma and read the final pages with bated breath."
Zeus of Ithome
Greece, 373 BC. For three centuries, the Messenian people have been brutally subjugated by their Spartan neighbours and forced to work the land as helot slaves. Diocles, a seventeen-year-old helot, has known no other life but servitude. After an encounter with Spartan assassins, he is forced to flee, leaving behind his family and his sweetheart, Elpis. On Mount Ithome, the ancient sanctuary of the Messenians, he meets Aristomenes, an old rebel who still remembers the proud history of their people and clings to a prophecy that they will one day win back their freedom. A forlorn hope, perhaps. But elsewhere in Greece, there are others too who believe it is time that the power of Sparta was broken.
"very engaging narrative interspersed with superbly detailed narrative backdrop."
"a superbly well-crafted historical novel, which shows the struggle of the individual against the tide of history but which, at the same time, through what it leaves out, reveals to us the ultimate powerlessness of the individual in a way that the ancient Greeks would well have understood"