Welcome to my blog! My name’s Victoria Blake and my novel TITIAN’S BOATMAN (re-titled as RETURN OF THE COURTESAN in paperback July 2017) is out now published by Black and White. It is a work of historical fiction set partly in Renaissance Venice and partly in 21st century London and New York.
I’m also the author of the Sam Falconer crime series: BLOODLESS SHADOW, CUTTING BLADES, SKIN AND BLISTER and JUMPING THE CRACKS. These books are set in South West London and Oxford. I have also written two true crime books based on documents in the National Archives. One on Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain, and the other on Florence Maybrick, who was accused of poisoning her husband with arsenic in 1889.
My book, FAR AWAY was shortlisted for the Historical Novel Society Indie award and is a second world war novel based on my father’s memoirs. My father was the historian, Robert Blake, the author of the pioneering biography of Disraeli. FAR AWAY, draws on my father’s account of escaping from a prisoner of war camp in Italy during the Second World War. If you are interested in this area of history please click on FAR AWAY: BLOG in the menu above because I’ve posted material there relating to my father’s escape specifically and Allied POWs in Italy in general.
I was brought up in The Queen’s College, Oxford and went to university in the same city, studying history at Lady Margaret Hall. Subsequently, I worked in law, publishing and bookselling.