of the Month
Conn Iggulden [January 2009]
Chosen by reviewer Beverly Rowe,
Choice for Author of the Month for November is Conn Iggulden. I discovered
his books quite by accident, but he certainly got added to my favorite
author list. Formerly the Head of English at St. Gregory's RC High School
in London, Iggulden is a full time writer and lives in England.
I read Genghis: Birth of an Empire, the first volume in the series
about the great Genghis Kahn. It simply blew my mind away. I immediately
ordered everything else by this talented author. How exciting to find
that he had written a series about Julius Caesar, too. I have read many
books about Caesar, and though Conn did take a bit of literary license
in a couple of things for the sake of the story, this series was totally
engrossing...the best I have read about that period of history. You simply
cannot read just one of his books. He recently wrote his first young adult
book; A Dangerous Book For Boys , which became a huge bestseller
in England, and then in the United States.
Iggulden has very ambitious plans for his upcoming book list:
Dangerous Heroes, is written with his brother, David Iggulden,
and is due out in 2009. It will be a compendium of Extraordinary stories,
such as the five in the original Dangerous Book for Boys.
Tollins will be a collection of three stories for children to be published
in the fall of 2009 and will be Iggulden's first attempt at writing humor.
Genghis: Bones of the Hills will be published in the US in March,
2009. He intends to follow it with three more and will tell the stories
of Genghis Kahn's sons and his grandson, the great Kubla Khan.
One more book in the Emperor series is in the planning stages, and will
cover the aftermath of Julius Caesar's assassination and the rise in power
Conn says on his website, "There are just too many stories to be
told in the world, and so few hours in a day."
He is a master storyteller.
The Conqueror Series: (Reviewed for Myshelf for November)
- The Dangerous Book for Boys [Amazon]
And his Website: www.conniggulden.com/