Ian Mortimer


What's New?

14 February 2017
Update on news

I have not updated this page yet all year. Sorry. Been Busy. But by way of making amends, here is a photograph of the bound proofs of my two next books. I have to say, there is something extremely satisfying about having the proofs of TWO forthcoming books in your hands. One, The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain is non-fiction, due for publication on the 6 April; the other, The Outcasts of Time is a novel about two medieval brothers who travel forwards in time, which will appear on 15 June.

What else is news? I think I'd better make a list:

  • The launch for The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain will take place at Devon Heritage Centre on 3 April as part of an afternoon-long event arranged by the Friends of Devon's Archives (of which I am currently the chairman). This will involve a talk about the book by me, and will be open to the public for no charge - but you will need to register in advance with the Secretary of FoDA, Mr Stuart Tyler, to secure a place.
  • I've agreed to a short extension to my position on Dartmoor National Park Authority while DEFRA arranges the appointment of a replacement. I will thus stay on the committee until July.
  • This year I turn fifty so have set myself fifty New Year's Resolutions. So far I've only broken one - to answer every email I receive within the week. That was a tad optimistic. Others range from running 45 parkruns to listening to a newly released CD every month and playing my guitar every day.
  • As the above implies, my hip is almost recovered, I'm running again and planning to do the 'Bath Half' on 12 March, which will my next long run.
  • I have arranged a series of concerts to take place in the acoustically wonderful Moretonhampstead parish church. The idea is to draw in solo performers with an international reputation who can make the most of the space. The first concert on Friday 31 March will be the folk singer and guitarist, Martin Simpson. Tickets for that are already available on Eventbrite. The second concert will be the virtuoso violinist, Peter Sheppard Skaerved, on 2 May, playing music from five centuries on instruments dating from as far back as 1629.

What was new in previous years