Best selling authors and historical novelists BEN KANE and ANTHONY RICHES talk about their latest books
7:30 Wednesday 7th October 2015



AD 9, Germania. East of the river Rhine, tribes hostile to Rome prepare a deadly ambush. Their leader is the charismatic chieftain and trusted ally of Rome, Arminius, whose dream is to drive out the brutal invaders of his land.
Pitted against him are veteran centurion Lucius Tullus and the Roman provincial governor, Varus.
Together with three local legions, they leave their summer camp to begin the march back to the Roman forts on the Rhine.
They have no idea that in the forests and bog of the Teutoburg, mud, slaughter and bloody death await …
‘This is historical fiction at its best’ – Sunday Express

The Author / BEN KANE

Ben Kane 2 History is more than facts on a page. It’s the sounds, the smells, the people, the passion. History should make you think: “I was there”. My books are born from my obsession with Roman history. I’ve followed Spartacus’s trail across Italy. I’ve stood at Cannae and pictured Hannibal’s army meeting the massed legions of Rome. I’ve watched the sea lapping against the fortifications of Syracuse, besieged by the Romans for close to two years. Immerse yourself in these incredible stories and – like me – remind yourself why the legend of Rome endures.


HB jacket imageThe eighth book in the Empire sequence takes Centurion Marcus Aquila and his Tungrian legion on a dangerous mission to the heart of the Parthian empire. With Rome no longer safe Marcus and the Tungrians are ordered east, to the desolate border lands where Rome and Parthia have vied for supremacy for centuries. Ordered to relieve the siege of an isolated fortress, their task is doomed to bloody failure unless they can turn the disaffected Third Legion into a fighting force capable of resisting the terrifying Parthian cataphracts. And Marcus must travel to the enemy capital Ctesiphon on a desperate mission, the only man who can persuade the King of Kings to halt a war that threatens the humiliation of the empire and the slaughter of his friends.


Tony Pic - RomanAnthony Riches began his lifelong interest in war and soldiers when he first heard his father’s stories about World War II. This led to a degree in Military Studies at Manchester University. He began writing the story that would become Wounds of Honour after a visit to Housesteads in 1996. He lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and three children. .

This event is being organised in conjunction with Vale Courses Adult Learning

The Road to Rome is paved with blisters!

Followers of the Cowbridge Book Festival were treated to a highly entertaining and informative discussion last week when Roman Historians and authors Ben Kane and Anthony Riches came to the Duke of Wellington. These two prolific and best selling authors regaled their audience with tales of their exploits on the walks they have taken, to raise money for charity.
In 2013 they, with a friend called “Russell”, walked the entire length of Hadrian’s Wall while wearing full Roman military kit, raising £19,000 for Combat Stress and Medecins Sans Frontieres. In 2014; they walked 130 miles along the Appian Way in Italy, marching from the amphitheatre in Capua to the Coliseum in Rome, raising over £26,500. A documentary film was made, entitled The Road to Rome, with Sir Ian McKellen providing the voiceover. This will be available on YouTube next year. With uniforms that can weigh up to four stone this was no mean feat! Tips were given on how to deal with some inevitable ailments – blisters – needle and thread – chaffing – Vaseline, though we were not told what a Roman soldier would have used!! Both authors stressed how first hand experience of these grueling marches had impacted on their writing in a very positive way.

After the discussion an impressed and knowledgeable audience engaged the dynamic duo in a lively Q and A session. Having purchased their books the audience also had the opportunity to chat with the authors during the signing.



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