Wow, thanks Richard, thanks all. I’d be interested to hear how a back-to-back read feels, actually. The two books were written together in the first instance, although there was a lot of editing in the mean time, so it ought to work as a flowing narrative. The second one definitely has the advantage of pace – the history definitely felt as though it was racing towards a denoument.
I like Gallet, though I say so myself.
I’ll admit to a tiny Easter egg in this book, connecting it with the subject of my last nonfiction book. And I’ll give a copy of one of my books to anyone who can tell me what the link is