A SET OF LIES now exists.
It is sixteen years since Colin and I were waiting to be served in a restaurant in Plymouth talking about the map and the portrait of Napoleon on the wall by our table.
In that time we have moved house five times and I have written and published five other books but ‘The Napoleon Book’ has always been there, in the background, on at least five different computers gradually coming to life .
This was the book I have always wanted to write…. historical mystery, a detective story with political implications…
The lives of many of the characters contain much that is true history – the American wars of Independence, the Australian mineral rush, the South African wars, many different European wars, two hundred years of English social and political history – and I have had great fun researching the details.
But it also contains much that may not have happened but should have done…
I just cannot believe that the British Secret Services of 1815 would have let an asset as important as Napoleon Bonaparte slip through their fingers… not at a time when enemies other than the French were circling and revolution was fomenting in the towns and cities of Britain.
I just hope there really was a man like Sir Bernard Lacey who could see this and whose actions changed the course not only of the 19th Century but also of the 2015 general election!