Florence, Fiction and Historical Fact

October 8, 2014By AlexBlog No Comments

On Saturday evening, a little after five, I walked down through the streets of Florence to the Ponte Santa Trinità. Indian summer blasted over the terracotta rooftops, the sun’s last apricity sending crowds out to bask along the Lungarno, to loll on parapet walls. I made my way over the serene cobbled curve of the … Read More

Letter to A Young Writer

July 9, 2014By AlexBlog 1 Comment

In July, 2014, just after the publication of In Love and War, I was asked to speak to students on the Creative Writing Master’s programme at Oxford University. I read them a letter that I wrote to my younger self. Here it is, with a few illustrative pics. Dear Alex, I’m writing this in July 2014, … Read More

In Love and War – The Critical Response

April 14, 2014By toneyIn Love and War, In Love and War – The Critical Response 1 Comment

“It’s a title befitting an epic, and Preston emphatically delivers in this, his third novel but his first foray into historical fiction. That he’s a natural at it is clear… Vividly imagined and richly atmospheric, Preston’s dramatic tale propels the reader towards a tense and tragic final showdown.” Stephanie Cross, Daily Mail “Rich in period detail … Read More