Ian Mortimer


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8 May 2018
Spring has finally come to Devon

It's taken its time but Spring has come to Dartmoor and once again we can all smile at the beauty of the this part of Devon. Went on a walk yesterday afternoon and took this snap between Moreton and Chagford, near Weeke. It sums up what I love about the area: the lushness of the grass, the curves of the hills, the freedom of the high moor, the ancient houses, the lack of modern interruptions, the feeling of timelessness and the sense of place.

20 April 2018
The Shakespeare Authorship Debate - reprised

I was asked to repeat my lecture on 'The Shakespeare Authorship Debate and Historical Responsibility' at the Reform Club yesterday. It seemed appropriate to write a short preface to explain why, which I have added to my essays page. The original speech, delivered in Exeter Cathedral in 2015, may be purchased from amazon.co.uk.

20 March 2018
... And after I complained about the heavy snow that came after the incessant rain...

... then we were blessed with even more snow. Oh, heavens! I'm going to be fat soon at this rate, stuck in doors and not running. Anyway, with that in mind, I did get out for a walk with my son Oliver (15). And it was well worthwhile, as this picture shows:

But after three days of staring at the white stuff, for the second time this year, the novelty started to wear off. So I resorted to photographing my new paperback standing in the garden.

3 March 2018
Well, I said I wanted it to stop raining...

... and so we get snow. Piles of it. Moretonhampstead is still cut off to all those who don't have a tractor or serious all-terrain vehicle. But it looks beautiful - which somewhat makes up for the incessant cold and the lack of opportunity to go running.

Meanwhile work on The Time Traveller's Guide to Regency Britain continues apace. Fascinating period. I was amazed by Carl Moritz's accounts of the number of times he was refused accommodation at an inn because he was on foot, and the innkeepers presumed that pedestrians were basically vagabonds - even though Moritz was a German theologian and essayist. I don't think I'd have coped well with the class distinctions of the late eighteenth century, which seem more unnecessary than those of earlier times.

23 January 2018
I wish it would stop raining...

It seems I get wet every time I step outside my front door these days. I only have to glance wistfully at my walking boots and there's a downpour. So, as I don't much relish walking in the rain, I've been doing more running. This will be the third month in a row that I've run over a hundred miles.

On the writing front, work continues with The Time Traveller's Guide to Regency Britain, although I'm still doing talks on the Restoration volume. Eksmo are going to bring out a Russian edition of my novel, The Outcasts of Time (which has just been published in the USA), and Piper Verlag are planning a German edition of my Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England - although they will call it 'Shakespeare's England' (with my blessing).

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