PHARAOH: the sarcophagus of Menkaure and the wreck of the Beatrice

The present-day action in my novel Pharaoh opens with Jack Howard and his IMU team diving deep into the Mediterranean in search of a 19th century shipwreck thought to contain a fabled sarcophagus from ancient Egypt. Their search is based on fact: the ship was the Beatrice, a British merchantman lost in 1838, and the sarcophagus was the stone coffin of Menkaure, pharaoh of the 4th Dynasty of the Old Kingdom who died about 2500 BC. Only months before the wrecking the sarcophagus had been found in the Pyramid of Menkaure ...


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NATIONAL POST: The age of sail

My third post as guest-editor of 'The Afterword' for Canada's National Post newpaper:

When I’m in England I write my novels in a sixteenth-century half-timbered cottage beside a castle, and in Canada overlooking a 19th century wooden barn on our farm in southern Ontario. In the course of looking after the woodland on our farm I’ve felled many trees by axe and worked with timber a good deal, and that’s helped me to appreciate the extraordinary skill and tenacity of woodworkers in the past ...


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