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  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: YouWriteOn (8 Dec. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849230412
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849230414
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,202,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born in Shillong, Assam, and educated in England, where I read English Language and Literature at Bedford College, University of London, and received a Masters in Early English at Queen Mary College. I was awarded my PhD in 1974 for a thesis on Beowulf and the Finsburg Fragment.
I recently took early retirement, having worked in university education (University Colege, Cork, and Aston University), at the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon, as Press and Education Officer for the National Trust in Cornwall, and for the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Medical Committee.
From 1982 to 1989 I served with 67(The Queen's Own Warwickshire and Worcestershire Yeomanry) Signal Squadron (Volunteers), first as a Radio Operator and later as a Troop Officer, and from 1989 to 1990 I was IC Recruits at Birmingham University OTC.
In 2011 I moved from Cornwall to a little village at the foot of the Cotswold escarpment, the area where my two novels are set. I'm currently writing a third book in the Rooks Ridge series, and also a prequel set at the end of the Roman occupation of Britain.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Shaun Horrigan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Nov. 2011
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One thousand six hundred years ago, Cais Verus Pugnax Corvo decided to temporarily leave his beautiful villa until the danger of barbarian invaders had past. Sealing most of his family treasure in a hidden chamber under the floor and praying to his household gods or Lares to protect the treasure he left the villa never to return.

The faithful Lares kept their promises and despite the destruction of the villa and the passing of time, the treasure is still where it was left, waiting for a member of the Corvo family to come to claim it back. That is until the archaeologists from the TV show "Ready, Steady, Dig!" arrive on the site to film an episode of the show.

The premise of this story totally captured my imagination and for the most part was absolutely enchanting. I really liked the way the Lares were brought to life, each with their own individual character, and I absolutely loved the nymph, Stillaria who lives in the nearby woods. I also enjoyed the many variations of names and places based upon crow, rook, raven and other variations on the theme in English and Latin.

Personally I still found a few problems with the book though. In particular, for me, the deliberate use of misspellings to accentuate the speech of some of the characters just didn't work and the same use of misspelling in a note written by Vera really didn't fit in with the rest of her character. Saying that though, I still really rather enjoyed this full length (4200 Kindle locations) story for advanced readers aged around 12 years and up.

Kindle presentation was fine even including a nice little map of the villa at the beginning.

Overall: 4 stars - I was debating to myself as to whether to give this story three or four stars, but then realised that despite its minor faults I spent most of the time reading this book with a smile on my face. Any story that can do that deserves at least four stars no matter what other faults it has.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By swazijohn on 6 Feb. 2012
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My wife picked this one up before me and was frequently laughing out loud while reading it, so I thought I would have a go. I found it really easy to get into the world of the Lares and feel I was there in the middle of it - it helps that I love the Cotswolds. You don't need to know much about archaeology or Latin to appreciate the story, rather just be ready to relax and let yourself be transported into another world that still retains some good old fashioned values.
I've immediately bought the follow up 'Gnome or Mr Nice Guy' but am saving that for a few weeks.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Miranda on 6 Mar. 2012
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The description of this book made it sound very appealing,and just the thing to try out on my brand new Kindle.
And I was not disappointed in the least.
It is written with warmth,humour and understated academic insight,and I was soon lost in the tale.
I devoured it in two sittings and will certainly be catching up on their next adventure.
I ended up completely believing in the little stone heroes and heroines and the rest of the characters, human and otherwise.
Thank you Rosalind Winter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Isab on 10 Sept. 2014
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Bad book - apart from unrealistic characters (like 10 year old girls who speak Latin and wander streets at all times without parental concern), this book bothered my by dwelling on one of the main character's sexuality in a totally inappropriate way. I'm not a homophobe, I'm not a middle-class England snob, and I'm not gay, I'm just struggling to see the point of making the only truly academic character gay and making every other character alternately sniggering or chatting or gossiping about it behind his back. It's totally unnecessary and, given this is a book a lot of kids will pick up and enjoy, a ridiculously blatant message about how to bully and ridicule others. What century is this?

Other than that, I found the style very difficult to follow - too much jumping between characters, none of which were believable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cal on 21 Jan. 2012
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I downloaded this book when I saw it recommended on a forum. I enjoyed it so much that I have now purchased the other books available from the author. It's very funny, especially if you are a fan of "Time Team".
The story is simple, but very well written. The landscape of Rooks Ridge is beautifully described, and the characters are memorable. Great fun.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lyra on 29 Jan. 2012
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Yes I do love Time Team and archaeology.. though I think you could read this story without that background and still enjoy it. Loved the little characters and felt involved in the story.

I liked Gnome or Mr Nice Guy (The Rooks Ridge Series) as well, but this one is my favourite that I will read again sometime.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gingerlily (SteamTink) on 17 April 2012
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This book is a great example of how to combine fun, information and satire into one package and make it thoroughly enjoyable to read. So much so that I immediately went and bought the next in the series.
The education was about archaeology, Roman times, and how TV programs sometimes get the balance wrong between making a good show and actually respecting what they are trying to showcase. Anyone who has watched Time Team will pick up on a lot of sly digs here.
The story is the great thing though, the characters, human and non-human, and the interaction between them all add up to an engaging and light-hearted fun story. The landscape is almost a character in it's own right as well and it came to life vividly and memorably.
All in all I was delighted to find this lovely book and it's sequel, and I am sorry that there aren't more of them in the series.
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