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I was born in a Ham Stone cottage set on the side of an Iron Age Hill Fort. This is known as Ham Hill and bears the evidence of ancient British and Roman occupation.
I spent my early years in a nearby village where, on the hill that overlooked it, a mysterious black slate Crucifix was found under a stone slab, by the village blacksmith in 1034 AD.
That very hill was also the scene of the last major English resistance to the Norman invaders in 1069 AD.

Little wonder then that I am obsessed with the early history of the West Country and with inventing stories to tell where this Cross came from, its possible influence on the outcome at Hastings, who the Gewissae really were and why Wessex became the dominant power in unifying the broken land of post-Roman Britain.

If you share my obsession I hope you will be fascinated by my vision of the Atlanders, the inhabitants of the land where the high ground became our North Sea Dogger Bank.

Follow them to the dangerous high ground to east and west, as their rich land sinks beneath the sea.

Follow them when, driven by famine, they migrate once more, to the equally dangerous land of post-Roman Britain They are driven by their need to survive and by yearning for a return to freedom.

The Historical Novel Society
This society is the gold standard in judging Historical Fiction. I thought it would be informative to mention some of the nice things said about the first three books by HNS reviewers.

The Axe the Shield and the Triton, Tales of Bowdyn 1

For the most part this novel is beautifully written, descriptive and emotionally engaging. Author James Hockey has used a multilayered narrative that explores two settings—17th and 5th centuries—to interesting effect. The novel is clearly well-researched, and Hockey effectively communicates the grim reality of life in olden times…… This is one of the better self-published novels seen this year.

The Axe the Shield and the Halig Rood, Tales of Bowdyn 2

This is an imaginative re-drawing of Dark Age Britain in the late 5thC AD,
This is the ‘age of Arthur’ and Hockey has created an original and entirely plausible version of this giant of myth.
Presented as a story within a story, this feels like a saga in the vein of Beowulf.
I look forward to seeing how the saga develops as Hockey’s blend of myth, history, archaeology and folklore evokes a sense of time and place that sites comfortably with someone raised with tales of the evolution of the English (and British) psyche.

Edith Fair as a Swan, Tales of Bowdyn 3

The book is very well written, beautifully descriptive and, for the main part, based on fact. Edith does appear to disappear after Hastings, and her daughter, Gytha, who is part of this tale, certainly did marry a Prince in Eastern Europe: Hockey cleverly tells the story with great plausibility.