About The Author
Born in Birmingham, Lindsey Davis read English at Oxford before working in the Civil Service. She decided to become a full-time writer when one of her early novels was runner-up in the 1985 Georgette Heyer Historical Novel Prize. She began by writing romantic serials for the magazines, Woman's Realm.
Her passion for Roman-era history and archaeology led her to write The Course of Honour, based on the true story of a romance between Emperor Vespasian and his mistress Antonia Caenis. (While she was unable to find a publisher at the time, the novel was eventually to be released in 1998.)
Undeterred, her next novel, The Silver Pigs, was set in the same era. Featuring a detective called Marcus Didius Falco, it won the Authors' Club Best First Novel prize in 1989 and was the first in an internationally bestselling series that now stretches to twenty books, most recently Nemesis in 2010.
In 2009, she published a standalone novel set during English Civil War, called Rebels and Traitors. In 2010, she published an official guide to her Roman-era series, Falco: The Official Companion.
Lindsey has won numerous awards, culminating in the Crimewriters' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement in 2011. In addition, she has also been Chair of the UK Crimewriters' Association and Honorary President of the Classical Association. She is the current Chair of the Society of Authors.
Her recent standalone novel, Master and God, is set during the reign of the Emperor Domitian in first century Rome. A devasting fire brings together Gaius Vinius Clodianus, a reluctant Praetorian Guard, and Flavia Lucilla, hairdresser to the imperial court. Together they watch Domitian's once talented rule unravel into madness and cruelty, until the people closest to the Emperor conspire to delete him from history and the bloody outcome threatens to take away the happiness, and perhaps even lives, of the couple.
To mark the publication of this terrific new historical epic, Lindsey shared some of the books that have inspired and entertained her most during a lifetime of reading and writing.
Lindsey's latest novel, Deadly Election, another in her hugely popular Falco series, has just been published.
Find out more about Lindsey and her books on her official website.