Author's Goal

As an amateur historian, I have described the siege of Malta through the decisions and actions of its movers and shakers, whose names have reached us; as a historical novelist, I have also breathed life into the moved and shaken, the Disappeared of history. My goal has been to recreate a world as detailed and alien as Tolkien’s Middle Earth, but all the more eerie because it once existed and still reverberates. I seek to provoke more thought than the formulaic, history-lite novels, in which the Disappeared rule, plots are mostly trivial, and movers and shakers are relegated to occasional burps in the meal.

My goal is to create a body of work that outlives me. My paradigm is The Great Siege by Ernle Bradford, a popular history of the Siege of Malta; published in 1961, it is still available, unlike its author. He chose an excellent topic, then wrote a vivid and well-structured book. I have adopted his structure (ie the chronology of the siege), amplifying the narrative with modern research and deepening it with fictive and semi-fictive characters. The result is the novelistic equivalent of a TV docudrama, equally disciplined by the historical record, but more inventive and intimate.

Whereas Ernie Bradford wrote the classic popular history of the siege, my goal is the classic novel.

Edward Lamond

About the Author

A brief family history says all! My grandfather ended his career as Chairman of the Imperial Bank of India, and was knighted for it. My father made it to manager grade, before pulling out of international banking. Although I was not a banker but an equity investment analyst for most of my career in financial services, I have ended up as a temporary office messenger for HSBC in St Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands.

To many, this is a cautionary tale about not giving up the day job! However, I had no choice: the urge to write was too intense. Researching and writing Pirates of Christ has been one of the most fulfilling episodes of my life.

Self-indulgent, I know, but I would not have missed it for anything. The day jobs were merely a chrysalis.

Edward Lamond