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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

@hare_wood RT @HarrogateFest: Vikings + fans! All part of #Historyfest here in #Harrogate http://t.co/XTF8q4cOZi

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Posted: 24th October 2014 @ 7:43 am

@hare_wood RT @tomharperauthor: The Vikings are coming! Notwithstanding the girl next to me who thought they were Tudors. #historyfest @HarrogateFest …

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Posted: 24th October 2014 @ 7:42 am

@hare_wood RT @HarrogateFest: DO NOT MISS @BernardCornwell talking to #MarkLawson at @HarrogateFest about #TheEmptyThrone #Waterloo #HistoryFest http:…

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Posted: 24th October 2014 @ 7:42 am

@hare_wood RT @selina_walker: Kate Worsley wins debut novel award at Harrogate for She Rises @HarrogateFest #historyfest

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Posted: 24th October 2014 @ 7:42 am

@hare_wood RT @EddieTriggs: @hare_wood @HarrogateFest I'm really looking forward to @BernardCornwell talk tomorrow, just finished Waterloo, brilliant …

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Posted: 24th October 2014 @ 7:41 am

@hare_wood Come and see the shortlisted authors for the HWA Debut Crime Award at #harrogate #historyfest tomorrow. All... http://t.co/PHf3225kix

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Posted: 23rd October 2014 @ 11:02 pm

@hare_wood @harrogatefest At the #historyfest @kateworseley wins the #HWA Debut Crown Award with She Rises. Congratulations Kate and all the shortlist

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Posted: 23rd October 2014 @ 11:00 pm

@hare_wood RT @HarrogateFest: Tune in to @BBCYork at 4.35 to hear programming chair @hare_wood live #historyfest Just a matter of hours until our laun…

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Posted: 23rd October 2014 @ 6:38 pm

@hare_wood @KHWorsley @HarrogateFest @BloomsburyBooks brilliant...see you soon...

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Posted: 23rd October 2014 @ 2:45 pm

@hare_wood RT @KHWorsley: On my way back up north for my second #historyfest #hwa @HarrogateFest @hare_wood Had such a good time last year @Bloomsbury…

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Posted: 23rd October 2014 @ 2:45 pm

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Come and see the shortlisted authors for the HWA Debut Crime Award at #harrogate #historyfest tomorrow. All outstanding first novels. View Link

http://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/2014-history-festival/new_blood/

Posted: 23rd October 2014 @ 11:02 pm

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Posted: 22nd October 2014 @ 8:41 pm

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Heading off up to #Harrogate #historyfest. See you there! View Link

http://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/2014-history-festival/sandi-toksvig-manda-scott/

Posted: 22nd October 2014 @ 12:08 pm

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This passed on by Sara Sheridan, who will be at the #harrogate #historyfest (@historyfest) View Link

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/conservative/11155416/Sir-Winston-Churchill-the-famous-lines-that-he-never-said.html

Posted: 21st October 2014 @ 3:17 pm

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Posted: 20th October 2014 @ 6:16 pm

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So the mainstream media has noticed that not all women are pacifists... #warriorwomen (35% of those defending the Kurdish homeland from ISIL are women). It has always been so, but now, at last, those who want to fight, are given the chance: View Link

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/oct/19/violence-militarism-not-a-gender-issue?guni=Keyword%3Anews-grid+aux-1+Pixies%3APixies%3APosition6

Posted: 20th October 2014 @ 1:00 pm

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Still time to book: View Link

http://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/2014-history-festival/road_rome/

Posted: 20th October 2014 @ 9:51 am

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Posted: 19th October 2014 @ 9:39 am

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Shared with thanks from @Anne Ferlat

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/09/2014/mesolithic-sanctuary-reveals-constellation-riddle

Posted: 17th October 2014 @ 11:15 pm

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Posted: 17th October 2014 @ 9:14 pm

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While this is clearly something I need to read - tho' it does seem to miss the point somewhat (at least as far as the review goes): View Link

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/joan-of-arc-a-history-by-helen-castor-book-review-the-truth-behind-frances-national-icon-9799096.html

Posted: 17th October 2014 @ 9:43 am

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This is hilarious (not likely, and holds to the old paradigm of Jeanne) but amusing all the same: View Link

http://vmagazine.com/site/content/3162/what-would-they-buy-now-joan-of-arc

Posted: 17th October 2014 @ 9:41 am

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On honeymoon, I am realising the world is full of amazing books I need to read: View Link

http://thesubstantive.com/2014/10/politicalbooks/

Posted: 15th October 2014 @ 10:36 am

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It's not too late to book for #harrogate #historyfest: View Link

http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=4b4865e051db853126312262f&id=8d183cd675

Posted: 15th October 2014 @ 10:28 am

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This comes with thanks to Donna Higgins: View Link

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/bookreviews/10372050/The-Ancient-Paths-Discovering-the-Lost-Map-of-Celtic-Europe-review.html

Posted: 15th October 2014 @ 10:18 am

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Heading off on honeymoon, leaving the cottage in the best of hands. Have fun, guys! Back in time for View Link - see you there!

http://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/history/

Posted: 12th October 2014 @ 11:06 am

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Posted: 8th October 2014 @ 11:27 pm

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Found this - fascinating: View Link

http://www.plan-sussex-1944.net/

Posted: 8th October 2014 @ 10:56 am

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The amazing and wonderful Robert Low: View Link Come and see him at Harrogate History Festival in 2 weeks' time (thereabouts)

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/lifestyle/books/11515070.Writer_obsessed_with_Norse_code/

Posted: 8th October 2014 @ 8:00 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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