Time travelling author Caroline Lawrence took King’s
School pupils back to the Roman city of Londinium for a look at life two
The best-selling author whose books of Roman Mysteries
have been made into a hugely popular BBC TV series was speaking as part of
King’s celebration of World Book Day.
She talked to the boys and girls about the art of
writing a best seller and told them she had chosen the Roman age because “There
are mad emperors, charioteers, gladiators, beautiful slave woman and exploding
volcanoes. What’s not to like?”
A distinguished classical scholar, educated at both
Berkley in the USA and Cambridge, Caroline began writing her Roman Mysteries
series in 2001, while she was working as primary school Classics and Art
teacher in London. She has now sold over one million copies and been translated
into 14 languages.
Her latest novel ‘The Time Travelling Diaries’ sees
billionaire Solomon Daisy, after his research scientists accidentally
discovered the secret of time travel, recruit a young boy Alex Papas to travel
back in time to Londinium. He speaks modern Greek and a little Latin and he can
go on the one condition, “he arrives naked and returns naked.”
Caroline, who is a former President of The Joint
Association of Classical Teachers following in the footsteps of Boris Johnson, had the
Year 7 pupils hanging on her every word and held a lengthy book signing
afterwards for her fans.
As well as writing, Caroline’s workshops in schools
give children the secrets of how to write a great story: the planning, the
preparation and the plot movements needed to capture the imagination.
King’s Librarian Lisa Snook said: “Caroline has a
worldwide reputation for writing thrilling classical romps which engross the
reader and give an insight into life back in Roman times.”
Pictured with Caroline are King’s Year 7 pupils giving
a Roman style thumbs up: Asher Raymon, Olly Woodward and Jake O’Donnell.