ACTION, adventure, and thriller, are the words best-selling author Harry Sidebottom has used to describe his latest novel, which went straight into the UK charts at number four.
The Caspian Gates is the fourth novel in his Warrior of Rome series. It follows on from events in Fire in the East, King of Kings, and Lion of the Sun, which have all been on the top ten best seller list, and tells the story of warrior Ballista in AD262.
“It is my fourth novel, but the first in a new trilogy using the same characters. You will get more out of it if you have read the others, but it is the same action, adventure, thriller, set in the Roman Empire,” he said.
Dr Sidebottom’s expertise in Roman history comes from his academic career. He is a lecturer of ancient history at Lincoln College in the University of Oxford and is a Fellow of St Benet’s Hall.
He lives in Oxford with his wife and sons, Tom and Jack, but will move to Newmarket next year.
He spent his childhood in Newmarket where his father, Hugh Sidebottom, was a trainer in various stables. He is a former pupil of Fairstead House School, in Fordham Road, and The King’s School in Barton Road, Ely.
Dr Sidebottom said seeing his novels published was a “dream come true”.
“I had always wanted to be a novelist but never had the courage to finish anything. I was finally pushed by my literary agent and it feels like a dream come true, it has always been my ambition.”
The Caspian Gates is available in bookshops or online at www.amazon.co.uk.