Last week, Spartacus slipped to No. 6 in the Sunday Times bestseller chart. I hoped that this week, it would remain in the Top Ten, but wouldn’t have been surprised if it had fallen out. Imagine my delight when I found out yesterday that it had climbed back up to No. 5! That’s another first for me.
At the weekend, the Sunday Times culture section had an article all about historical fiction. Christian Cameron’s God of War (a novel about Alexander) got a great review, as did Hawk Quest by Robert Lyndon, which you have all heard me blathering on about. I was delighted also to see mention of Spartacus. I had to smile at the description of it, which went along the lines of ‘lack of plot nuance and characterisation, but lashings of gore and swordplay. Much to be enjoyed, and the portrayal of Spartacus is a vivid one.’
To be honest, I’ve never been known for being subtle. As they say in Yorkshire, I like to a call a spade a f*cking shovel! I therefore shouldn’t be surprised that it carries over into my writing. What counts for me is that the story is good, and that lots of people enjoy it. And the charts seem to say that thus far – 9,994 copies sold (and that’s excluding ebooks). Roll on, Spartacus!