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Paul Lawrence

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in Malpas, The United Kingdom


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I'm 50 years old - ish, born in the UK. After doing a psychology degree at Durham, and a PhD at London in 1989, I joined BP. My main motivation was travel, and so with BP I worked and lived in Australia, Spain, Portugal and Japan. By 2002 we had 4 children, and decided to settle - emigrating to Australia in 2004. I started writing 'The Sweet Smell of Decay' in 1994 - during our first visit to Australia - and finished it in 2008. Between 1994 and 2008 I learned to write, and completely immersed myself in the history of the period. The sequel to 'Sweet Smell', 'A Plague of Sinners' was published in May 2010, and the third in the series 'Hearts of Darkness' is now out in paperback. Currently working on a new project ...

The 3rd Harry Lytle Chronicle will be published in January 2014 in hardback. The new publisher, Allison & Busby will also reissue the first two chronicles - with new covers and artwork (and a few little unspotted mistakes edited out!)
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Average rating: 3.52 · 450 ratings · 73 reviews · 3 distinct works · Similar authors
The Sweet Smell of Decay

3.37 avg rating — 289 ratings — published 2009 — 7 editions
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A Plague of Sinners

3.79 avg rating — 126 ratings — published 2010 — 7 editions
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Hearts of Darkness

3.69 avg rating — 35 ratings — published 2014 — 4 editions
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The Sweet Smell of Decay A Plague of Sinners Hearts of Darkness
Harry Lytle Chronicles (3 books)
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" You won't have to wait much longer, Sharon. Allison and Busby have bought the rights to the series. The third book 'Hearts of Darkness' is being publi ...more "
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Titus Oates
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History books can be dull and turgid, an impenetrable mass of dates and footnotes. Jane Lane's account of the life of Titus Oates is, by contrast, lively and compelling. Originally published in 1949, Jane's style reminds me of the writings of Samuel ...more
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A Dictionary of Catch Phrases by Eric Partridge
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I found this book invaluable in working out the language I wanted to use in the Harry Lytle Chronicles. In the end I didn't use too many, because the language is so rich and peculiar most of these phrases would stand out like the proverbial sore thum ...more
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A great companion to a book like William Lilly's Christian Anthology. Christian Anthology gives you an insight into the 'what' ... what exactly was it that astrologers did in the 16th & 17th centuries? Pretty much what astrologers do today as it ...more
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The European Witch Craze of the Sixteenth & Seventeenth Century by Hugh Trevor-Roper
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This a short volume, a kind of long essay with chapters, which details very clearly the origins of the witch-hunts of the 16th and 17th centuries.

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Paul Lawrence You won't have to wait much longer, Sharon. Allison and Busby have bought the rights to the series. The third book 'Hearts of Darkness' is being published in hardback in January 2014, and the first two books are being reissued in paperback. I just saw the cover for Hearts of Darkness today - looks great. I'm really pleased with it and hope you will be too!

Sharon Still waiting :-)

Sharon Waiting ... What's keeping the publishers? Anymore news,

message 7: by Paul

Paul Lawrence BB have decided to publish after all - but as yet I don't have a definitive publication date. I think early 2012.

Sharon Any more news on the publishing date Paul?

Sharon Look forward to it :)

message 4: by Paul

Paul Lawrence It's written, Sharon! Just looking for a publisher as we speak. BB have pulled out of UK fiction. Hopefully be on the shelves soon.

Sharon Hi Paul, isn't it about time for another Installment of Harry Lytle?

Cheryl Thanks for the friend request! I look forward to reading your books :)

message 1: by Jo

Jo Thanks for the friend request Paul. I actually have a copy of The Sweet Smell of Decay although I haven't read it yet. It does look really good though so I'm looking forward to immersing myself in it.

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