|This biographical article relies on references to primary sources. (December 2009)|
|Born||1962 (age 51–52)
|Notable works||Eagle Series, Revolution|
Simon Scarrow is a UK-based author, born in Nigeria and now based in Norfolk. He completed a master's degree at the University of East Anglia after working at the Inland Revenue, and then went into teaching as a lecturer, firstly at East Norfolk Sixth Form College, then at City College Norwich.
He is best known for his Eagle Series of Roman Military fiction set in the territories of the Roman Empire, covering the second invasion of Britain and the subsequent prolonged campaign undertaken by the rump of the Julio-Claudian dynasty. To date there are twelve books in the series, with the 12th released in October 2013, The Blood Crows .
He has also written another series, Revolution, focusing on Wellington and Napoleon, whose first title, Young Bloods, was published in 2006. The second volume, The Generals, was released on 31 May 2007 and the third volume Fire and Sword was released in January 2009. The fourth and final novel of the series was released in Jun 2010 and is called The Fields of Death. He started to publish a new series in 2011 titled Gladiator.
The Eagle Series
The Eagle Series centres around two main protagonists; Quintus Licinius Cato and Lucius Cornelius Macro, who are both Roman soldiers. Macro, a veteran with nearly 15 years service (at the start of the first novel) within the Roman Army, has recently been appointed to the Centurionate. Cato is in his teen years, who grew up in the Imperial Palace as a slave, and at the start of the series joins the Eagles as Macro's Optio. The first book starts in 42 AD. The books cover the experiences of the two soldiers, initially as experienced centurion and new optio, in battles in Germania and the invasion of Britain by Claudius as part of the Legio II Augusta. The 6th book The Eagle's Prophecy has them serving as part of the Imperial Navy east of Italy. The 7th and 8th puts them in Rome's eastern provinces as agents of the Emperor's secretary Tiberius Claudius Narcissus. The 9th sees them shipwrecked on the Island of Crete, fighting against a full-scale uprising.The 11th is set in Rome with the leads hoping to save the emperor from the shady Liberators. The Blood Crows is set once again in Britannia. The Two protagonists are faced with defeating tribal rebels.
In 2007 the publisher announced the intention to cease using the word "Eagle" in the title of books in this series, starting with Centurion. The change was apparently because the publisher wanted to attract more new readers to the series.
- Under the Eagle (2000)
- The Eagle's Conquest (2001)
- When the Eagle Hunts (2002)
- The Eagle and the Wolves (2003)
- The Eagle's Prey (2004)
- The Eagle's Prophecy (2005)
- The Eagle in the Sand (2006)
- Centurion (2007)
- The Gladiator (2009)
- The Legion (2010)
- Praetorian (2011)
- The Blood Crows (2013)
- Brothers in Blood (due October 2014)
The Revolution Series centres around the lives of Napoleon Bonaparte and Arthur Wellesley, later the Duke of Wellington. The first book in the quartet starts in 1769, and follows the two young men through their youth and onto their military careers.
This series is aimed at the 'Young Adult' audience unlike his 'Eagles' series.
- Gladiator: Fight for Freedom (2011)
- Gladiator: Street Fighter (2012)
- Gladiator: Son of Spartacus (2013)
- Gladiator: Vengeance (2014)
- Arena (2013)
- Barbarian (2012)
- Challenger (2012)
- First Sword (2013)
- Revenge (2013)
- Champion (2013)
- n.b. these novellas were available as e-books prior to publication of the full title.
The following are books which are either Stand-alone novels or have yet to be confirmed as series.
Writer in Residence
In November 2006,Simon Scarrow was accepted to fill the post of Writer in Residence at Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys, a position he said he was "honoured to accept". Simon will visit the school on a regular basis to hold creative writing sessions for students as well as judging the annual Scarrow Award for Fiction.
In addition to his own writing, Simon Scarrow's brother, Alex Scarrow, is also an author of numerous novels.