Born in Nigeria and now based in Norfolk, Simon was educated at the University of East Anglia. Following his Masters Degree, he completed his teaching qualification and moved on to teach history and then Media Studies. During this time, he completed the first of what was to be his highly successful ‘Eagles in the Empire’ series featuring the Roman soldiers, Macro and Cato.
Since publishing his first book, Under the Eagle, in 2000, Simon has had a string of bestsellers under his belt, among them The Blood Crows, Praetorian, and The Legion, as well as Sword and Scimitar (about the 1565 Siege of Malta), and the REVOLUTION quartet on the lives of the Duke of Wellington and Napoleon Bonaparte. In November 2015, Simon was awarded the prestigious III Barcino International Prize in historical fiction by the city of Barcelona in recognition of his work in that genre.
Simon has been a regular visitor to Alderney, running creative writing workshops for the Trust. He is the Chair of the Alderney Literary Festival. Alderney even features in his latest stand-alone book, Hearts of Stone, published in June 2015, which covers the World War II occupation of the Greek Island of Lefkas.
TALKS BY SIMON AT THE FESTIVAL
Hearts of Stone: A Story of the Greek Resistance in World War II
Sunday 26th March - 14.30 - 15.30
Simon Scarrow brings to life the fierce courage of the men and women of the Greek Resistance on the Island of Lefkas in World War II.
The story begins at an archaeological excavation on the Ionian Island of Lefkas in 1938, just a year before the outbreak of World War II, and three friends swear eternal friendship. The three are again in Lefkas in 1943, but now the Germans occupy the Island, the world is a very different place, and the friendship so strong in peace is tested by war. Simon reveals some of the challenges involved in writing and researching Hearts of Stone and how Greece’s past continues to reverberate at the present time.
Debut novelist, Anna Mazola, in conversation with Simon Scarrow
Saturday 25th March - 12.30-13.30
Introducing our Debut Author of 2017, Festival Chair Simon Scarrow chats to criminal justice solicitor Anna Mazzola, about her acclaimed debut novel, The Unseeing. Set in London in 1873, this is the story of Sarah Gale, a seamstress, nurse and mother, sentenced to hang for her role in the murder of Hannah Brown on the eve of her wedding.