Thursday, May 26, 2016


My wife, Gudrun, hit a milestone today. A new knitwear pattern of hers, called Lang Ayre, just appeared in THE BOOK OF HAPS, by Kate Davies and Jen Arnall-Culliford

Thing is, when Gudrun checked out her Ravelry page, she realized this is her 100th pattern! Yikes. She's been busy...

You can see all Gudrun's patterns here!

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Friday, May 20, 2016

All Smiles

I woke this morning to a lovely surprise.

George RR Martin just did a post on his Not a Blog called "Good Stuff". It's about films he's liked recently, and TV series, books he's read or is looking forward to reading. You know where I'm heading, right?

He wrote: "Also on hand is David Anthony Durham's new historical novel, THE RISEN, his take on Spartacus. DAD never disappoints, and Spartacus is another fascination of mine... I look forward to seeing how Durham's take on him differs from Howard Fast's and Colleen McCullough's."

Wow. Needless to say, I'm all smiles.

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

He Was Spartacus - WSJ

Pleased to say that THE RISEN just picked up a stellar review, this one from the Wall Street Journal! The reviewer is Allan Massie, quite a veteran of Roman biographical novels himself. So I'm pleased.

He said some very nice things, including, "THE RISEN is full of blood, thunder and excitement. Spartacus is an inspiring, attractive hero."

 (I've linked to the review just because, but sometimes only subscribers can actually read the whole thing. Other times it appears for me. Weird.)

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Thursday, May 05, 2016

"an absorbing new historical novel about Spartacus..."

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

The Risen Is Historical Fiction for Fantasy Fans

Jeff Somers has written a terrific article about magic and belief in THE RISEN for the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog. Wow. As an author it's rare and wonderful to read such a thorough, insightful engagement with my work. Yay!

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Monday, May 02, 2016

Historical Novel Society on THE RISEN

And here's another generous review of my new book, just a couple days ahead of pub date.

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Sunday, May 01, 2016

Book review: Legend of Spartacus retold in 'The Risen'

Friday, April 15, 2016

Spartacus Speaks!

Very pleased to announce that there's going to be an audiobook version THE RISEN! It's been in the works for a little while now, but I'm mentioning because I have the visual of the cover to now:

Tantor Media is the publisher, and the wonderful Steven Crossley is doing the narration. Hey, he was good enough for the likes of Salmon Rushdie, David Mitchell, Ian McEwan, Jane Yolen, Peter F Hamilton, Alexander McCall Smith, Diana Wynne Jones, Garth Nix, Connie Willis... to name a few. I'm pleased he's now giving a Durham novel the treatment. I look forward to hearing it. It appears on May 3rd, same as the hardback! It's not up on Audible yet, but I suspect that will happen on pub day.

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Sunday, April 03, 2016

PW Reviews Spartacus

Here's a nice thing: Publishers Weekly's review of THE RISEN.

My favorite line: "Monumental in scale and rich in intimately portrayed characters, Durham’s (Pride of Carthage) brilliant rendering of slavery and the horrors of war gives the novel its emotional impact." Yay for that!

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A New Book!

Got back yesterday from a few days away and found a cryptic note from a neighbor I didn't know, asking me to call in once I'd seen the note. Went over and found a very cheery gentleman (not cryptic at all). He'd received a delivery of two boxes of books for me!

Which books? These ones. Finished copies at last...

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