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Simon Acland

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Chretien de Troyes' Roman de Perceval, TS Eliot's The Waste Land, Ovid...more

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Simon worked as a venture capitalist, investing in early stage technology businesses, for 25 years. The sale of his firm in 2007 gave him the chance to do something completely different.

Simon's first novel, The Waste Land, is the product of several overlapping interests: fascination with the original 12th and 13th century grail romances as a result of studying French at Oxford, enthusiasm for the meaning and origins of ancient myths and legends, and awe for TS Eliot's genius in blending these elements together and giving them universal meaning. His first novel also betrays his suspicion of organised religion, his interest in medieval history, and his enjoyment of adventure stories in the old style.

His second novel, The Flowers of Evil, was...more

I would like to say an enormous thank you to Elaine at Random Jottings for her extremely generous review of The Waste Land. For her to say "hugely enjoyable, engrossing and engaging from start to finish - I loved this book and it will be going on my list of Best Reads for 2010" is praise indeed. But what I thought was really so special about her review was the... Read more of this blog post »
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" Well-written and entertaining. In Hugh's tale there are historical facts mixed with myth, bloody battles, and crises of faith. At times it is amusing, interesting, and shocking. It takes a portion of history and relates it to a person, showing som... " Read more of this review »
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description: From June 1 through July 15, 2012, the Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition (EPIC) opens their eBook and Ariana eBook Cover Art Competitions for entries.

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"May I please introduce to you my series about Crusader knight Hugh de Verdon? In the Waste Land he starts as a reluctant monk at the great Benedictine...more "
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Laurel Lamperd Interesting video, Simon. You must have done a lot of research. I wonder what happened to the children of the Children's Crusade. One can only guess. Laurel

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