During a career writing for newspapers and television, I began writing history books with my friend and historian Michael Walsh. it seemed a logical extension to the historical documentaries we'd been involved with. Soon after, the Founding-Director of the Centre for Investigative Journalism, Gavin MacFadyen, said we had 'Invested a new genre - investigative history.' We began to think - and hope - we were on the right track. When Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison called White Cargo a 'remarkable book' and said on NPR that it was the catalyst for her novel A Mercy, we were thrilled. After that, we were emboldened to continue trying to find something which other writers hadn't said. Hence, in The King's Revenge, we covered an aspect of Charles II's restoration which previous biographers had omitted to explore. The same driving force was behind The King's Bed. Mike Walsh sadly died a few years ago and since then I've carried on without his wisdom and comradeship as best I can, trying to say things others haven't.Read more Read less
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