H.J. Reynolds

About me

Writer of 17th century action adventure novels about Royalist spies in Oliver Cromwell’s England. Debut novel is set in The Hague, Norfolk, Oxfordshire, London and Paris during 1653. Currently submitting to agents and working on the second in the series, set in Copenhagen and York.

More details available at http://www.hjreynolds.co.uk

From my website

Natural invisible ink – my top three

Invisible ink is essential for my seventeenth century fictional spies. Some of the more lazy agents even write in it uncoded. I thought I’d expand on a Twitter exchange with Civil War Tours who asked for my advice on secret messages. Heating it up All the inks below reveal themselves…

Learning from the master – Bernard Cornwell

Bernard Cornwell has written over 55 novels and sold more than 20 million books worldwide. 20 million. Just let that sink in. He’s one of my favourite novelists. I devoured the Sharpe series and am now into his Uhtred Saxon/Dane epic. UK appearances are rare as he now lives in…

“Love and mirth are my business” – The Rover by Aphra Behn at The RSC

While researching my dissertation on Aphra Behn, I found her short-lived career as a spy fascinating. When I picked up The Rover its alternative title of The Banish’d Cavaliers made me wonder – what did those flamboyant losers of the English Civil Wars get up to when Oliver Cromwell was…

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