I am a historian and writer, living in Cambridge UK. 'Galileo’s Revenge' is my first work of fiction.
I have studied at Cambridge, London and Padua universities. Although theoretical physics was my first love, I subsequently became fascinated by the history of science. I am especially fond of the medieval and early modern periods: everything, that is, from the Venerable Bede (c.673-735) to the Honourable Boyle (1627-91), and a bit beyond. But Galileo has always been my favourite. Initially I was intrigued by his work on falling bodies, projectiles, and pendulums and such ; later I was captivated more broadly by his life and the wider world in which he lived and worked.
But I have also always loved historical crime fiction. (Yes, yes, I admit it: I adore Cadfael, even if he is the veritable white line down the middle of the road.) And so, a few years back, I started working on my novel 'Galileo’s Revenge'. My story, filling in some of the quite large gaps in our knowledge about his early life, entangles the young, ambitious Galileo with the real (and highly suspicious) deaths of the Medici Duke and Duchess of Tuscany in 1587. 'How hard can creative writing be?' I asked myself. 'You just make it up as you go along. And I won’t have to check my references.' A much older and slightly wiser man, I finally stopped writing last year.