Manda Scott

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Manda Scott

Manda Scott (born 1962[1]) is a former veterinary surgeon who is now a novelist, blogger, columnist and occasional broadcaster. Born and educated in Glasgow, Scotland,[2] she trained at the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine and now lives and works in Shropshire.[3] She made her name initially as a crime writer. Her first novel, Hen's Teeth, hailed by Fay Weldon as 'a new voice for a new world' was shortlisted for the 1997 Orange Prize. Her fourth, No Good Deed, was nominated for the 2003 Edgar Award.[4]

Her subsequent novels, Night Mares, Stronger than Death and No Good Deed, for which she was hailed as 'one of Britain's most important crime writers' by The Times, were published by Headline and are now published, along with her other books, by Transworld Publishers, an imprint of Random House.

Alongside her original contemporary thrillers, she has written two sets of four historical thrillers. "The Boudica series" were her first historical novels, of which Boudica: Dreaming the Eagle was the first. Rooted in the pre-Roman world of ancient Britain - and the Britannia it became - the novels 'give us back our own history',[5] exploring the worlds of druids (called dreamers in the book and portrayed as shamans), warriors and the Roman occupation that, in Scott's eyes, destroyed a once-great civilisation.[6] The books centre around two primary characters: the girl Breaca, who grows into the woman who takes the title 'Boudica' (meaning 'She who Brings Victory'[7]) and her brother Bán, who, for much of the four books, is her nemesis.

Her more recent Rome series (written under the name MC Scott), and beginning with The Emperor's Spy, are spy thrillers, set in the same fictional universe with some of the surviving characters from the Boudica series. The first novel in the series follows the life of Sebastos Pantera, the spy whose name means 'leopard' as he comes in from the cold of a mission in Britannia to spy for the Emperor Nero at the time of the Great Fire of Rome. In subsequent books, Pantera faces his nemesis, Saulos (aka Paul of Tarsus) in The Coming of the King, dives deep into the loss of a legion's eagle in The Eagle of the Twelfth, (the Twelfth, apparently, did, in fact, lose their eagle, while the Ninth legion, subjects of Rosemary Sutcliffe's 'Eagle of the Ninth didn't) and returns to Rome for the Year of the Four Emperors in The Art of War.

Between the two major historical series, she wrote The Crystal Skull, a dual timeline novel entered around a mythic Mayan skull, with a historical thread set in the Tudor era and a contemporary thriller set in modern-day Cambridge.

She began her dual time line novels with a fast-paced, 'swift and vigorous'[8] thriller, Into the Fire, which explores the truth behind the myth of Jeanne d'Arc – and the impact those revelations could have on modern day (2014) France.

Her new novel, 'A Treachery of Spies', release date: August 2018 is another dual time line, this explores the impacts of actions by the Maquis, the SOE, the Jedburghs, and in particular, the nascent CIA on the present.

Chairs: In 2010, she founded the Historical Writers' Association, of which she remained Chair until 2015. She was debut Chair of the Prize committee of the HWA Debut Crown and in 2014, organised the first meeting of the Historical Publishing Group.

She has written regular columns for The Herald (formerly The Glasgow Herald), reviews[9] and columns[10] for The Independent, intermittent columns for The Guardian,[11] The Daily Telegraph, The Times and Huffington Post,[12] and has appeared occasionally on BBC Radio 4[13]

In 2016, she took a Masters Programme in Economics for Transition at Schumacher College in Devon, passing with distinction in 2017. In 2018, she under took the ProDog Training with Devon Dogs and is studying clicker training for horses with Alexandra Kurland's Clicker Centre.

Manda Scott offers shamanic dreaming workshops. She first began learning shamanic practice in the 1980s.[14]


Kellen Stewart[edit]

  • Hen's Teeth (1997)
  • Night Mares (1998)
  • Stronger Than Death (1999)

The Boudica Series[edit]

  • Dreaming the Eagle (2003)
  • Dreaming the Bull (2004)[15]
  • Dreaming the Hound (2005)
  • Dreaming the Serpent Spear (2006)[16]


  • The Emperor's Spy (2010)
  • The Coming Of The King (June 2011)[17]
  • The Eagle Of The Twelfth (May 2012)
  • The Art of War (March 2013)

Stand-alone novels[edit]


  • [2012:Everything You Need to Know about the Apocalypse]

Appearance in anthologies[edit]

  • New English Library Book of Internet Stories (2000)
  • Scottish Girls About Town: And Sixteen Other Scottish Women Authors (2003)
  • Little Black Dress: An Anthology of Short Stories edited by Susie Maguire


  1. ^ "Mystery Short Fiction: 1990–2007". Archived from the original on 11 June 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "Manda Scott". Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 August 2008. Retrieved 6 January 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Reference for updated biographical information
  4. ^ Reference for the biographical information, works and awards.
  5. ^ "Boudica: Dreaming the serpent spear, by Manda Scott". The Independent. 17 February 2006. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Breaking the Legacy of Rome". Manda Scott. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Boudica, Boudicca, Boadicea: What's in a name?". Manda Scott. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  8. ^ Clements, Toby (30 July 2015). "Into the Fire by Manda Scott, review: 'pungent'". ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Book of a lifetime: Boneland, By Alan Garner". The Independent. 29 March 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Dangerous dykes: Have lesbian writers cracked the male-dominated crime". The Independent. 24 July 2009. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  11. ^ Manda Scott (20 May 2005). "In the round". the Guardian. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  12. ^ "From Bletchley Park to 'Deny, Disrupt, Degrade, Deceive': an Inevitable Path?". HuffPost UK. 23 September 2014. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Black Work, Robert Wilson, Mayas Exhibition, Manda Scott, Front Row - BBC Radio 4". BBC. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
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