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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.


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.


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


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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


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 And then there's the poem made up by the SOE girls when asked to create something memorable that the Nazi...

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@hare_wood And then this, because it's late and I've spent all evening reading about codes and coding and how immensely...

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@hare_wood @EvaEvilheart Thank you!

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@hare_wood Maisie - assisting with my research (and recovering from a midline laparotomy). When I've read all of these, and...

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@hare_wood RT @nicolaz: "A glorious, intensely passionate walk through an entirely real landscape, HILD leads us into the dark ages & makes them light…

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@hare_wood @marcherwitch Oh! She's adoreable... @damselflyuk - look!

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@hare_wood @jones1066AD Already trying to make a break for it...wobbly though. We're off to a wedding this weekend. Should be fun for our daughter :)

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@hare_wood @jones1066AD Thank you! Home now... got the interesting bit of keeping her in for the next 10 days..

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@hare_wood @stellduffy @FunPalaces @elafarrell @lucy_dillon I'm hugely over-committed just now - promised no more till book done, but will ask around

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Posted: 22nd July 2014 @ 12:56 pm

@hare_wood So just taken Maisie into the vets for emergency surgery for a pyometra. At least it was open. No further...

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FROM: Manda Scott

"Thank you, all - am massively..." on their own photo.

Posted: 22nd July 2014 @ 10:21 pm

FROM: Linda Mc

I thought you might be interested to know that I just started training for a triathlon next spring. This grandmother does NOT run. However, today on the track, I thought of the scene in The Emperor's Spy, and I started walking nine steps, then jogging nine steps and over and over. Guess what? It works!! So, thank you for helping me get in shape! :-)

Posted: 22nd July 2014 @ 12:03 am

FROM: Manda Scott

"I wish I did... tho' something..." on their own photo.

Posted: 21st July 2014 @ 6:12 pm

FROM: Manda Scott

"Oh! Now I want to know what..." on their own photo.

Posted: 18th July 2014 @ 2:22 pm

Link posted by: Manda Scott

People seem to think Frozen is a feminist tract. This is a pretty good indication of why it not only isn't feminist, it isn't particularly progressive.

Posted: 17th July 2014 @ 3:06 pm

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"Glyn - hi - the Jeanne d'Arc..." on their own status.

Posted: 17th July 2014 @ 9:57 am

FROM: Manda Scott

"Authors can try to edit their..." on their own link.

Posted: 16th July 2014 @ 12:55 am

FROM: Sally Mungall

Thank you for the beautiful book. What a gift x

Posted: 15th July 2014 @ 7:38 pm

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As one of the remarkably lucky 11% who makes a living writing books, I wonder what the Page-people would think if we headed for e-book only? (as per the suggestion- of sorts - here):

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Posted: 15th July 2014 @ 1:06 pm

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"oooh - heading there to look..." on their own photo.

Posted: 13th July 2014 @ 10:32 am

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"In case it's not obvious, the..." on their own photo.

Posted: 10th July 2014 @ 7:52 pm

FROM: Manda Scott

New carpets in the office, only 8 years or so beyond the point when we should have done it, but I couldn't face the disruption to writing. Two days gone and still not got everything back yet, but on the up-side, the bookshelves have been distinctly thinned and the pile for the charity bookshop is *massive*...

Posted: 10th July 2014 @ 6:35 pm

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"The US Eagle was fantastic -..." on their own status.

Posted: 8th July 2014 @ 3:25 pm

FROM: Doug Taylor

Hi Manda just finished your great book the coming of the king another brilliant piece off entertaining fiction ..full of breath taking adventure excitment and intrigue, bloodshed, gut wrenching battles fear, bravery and betrayal, the attention to detail is to be commended ..great research, Well done... looking forward to the next one wishes Doug

Posted: 7th July 2014 @ 2:45 pm

FROM: Manda Scott

"glorious - thank you - amazing..." on their own photo.

Posted: 5th July 2014 @ 12:27 am

23rd - 26th October - a longer, bigger festival
Venue: Harrogate HIstory Festival
Date: Thursday 23 October, 2014

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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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