About Tim

Hello. I’m Tim Vicary  and this website is about my books, and other things – such as dogs, the joys of self-publishing, interviews with famous authors, occasional reviews, and whatever else comes to mind.

As far as my own books are concerned, there are three crime novels about a barrister called Sarah Newby, and her admirer, detective Terry Bateson.  They face a series of shocking, difficult and sometimes violent cases, both in the courts and out of them. You can read these e-books – A Game of Proof, A Fatal Verdict, and Bold Counsel – on the Amazon Kindle, where you can sample the first few chapters FREE.

There are also four historical novelsThe Blood Upon the Rose is about a young aristocratic Irish girl who falls in love with an IRA volunteer in 1920, during the war for Irish independence.Cat and Mouse is about a militant suffragette and her sister, who are involved in the fight for women’s rights in 1914, just before the First World War – the same period as the TV programme Downton Abbey. The third book, The Monmouth Summer is about a young Protestant girl and her father who are involved in the rebellion of 1685 against the Catholic King James II. The fourth, Nobody’s Slave, is an adventure story (based on real events) about two teenage boys, one African and one English, who are caught up in the Elizabethan slave trade in 1568. You can sample the first few chapters of these books FREE on your Kindle too.

I also write shorter books for foreign students of English.  In 2010, my short book Titanic won first prize in its category from the Extensive Reading Foundation, and in 2011 my book The Everest Story was also a winner. You can read more about these shorter books in the Thrillers and True Stories pages on this site. In these books, I try to write a good, interesting story in very simple, clear English. I think it works, because many thousands have been sold all over the world.  My latest book in this series, Dinosaurs, came out in April 2012.

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29 Responses to About Tim

  1. mckaylinlfelton says:

    Hey Tim!

    I just wanted to inform you that you’ve been nominated for the LIEBSTER AWARD! For more information, go to my blog at: mckaylinlfelton.wordpress.com/

  2. Kerry Dwyer says:

    Hello Tim,
    I tagged you in the Next Big Thing, should you wish to participate. http://kerrydwyer.net/2013/01/14/the-next-big-thing/

  3. I just learned of your books through the Online Winter Book Fair hosted by Black Lilac Kitty Literary Services. I have just added your book Cat and Mouse to my list of books to read.

  4. Margaret says:

    Dear Tim,

    I am the librarian at an Emirati school in Dubai and am currently reading The Elephant Man to some of our grade 9 students. They listen in silence – which is quite an achievement! However, I also tell the students that print books have an advantage over information from the internet because editors check the facts before publication. How do I explain that in this “true” book Queen Victoria wasn’t around in 1888? I’m using the 2007 edition of the book which could have had this error removed. Perhaps it can be amended in any future editions.

    • Tim Vicary says:

      On second thoughts, Queen Victoria was Queen in 1888, of course – the mistake you are referring to is that Alexandra, who is called Queen in the book, should really have been called ‘Princess’ – she only became Queen when Victoria died in 1901

  5. Tim Vicary says:

    Hi Margaret. You are quite right, it’s a big mistake, and I did ask the publisher to alter some time agao, without result, unfortunately. I will mention it to them again. I’m glad to hear that your students like the book, anyway. Perhaps you could tell them that even printed books contain errors sometimes.

    • Margaret says:

      Dear Tim,

      The boys were most impressed when I told them you had bothered to reply to my comment.
      As a librarian here I am constantly searching for graded readers which will hold the attention of teenage boys whilst still being culturally appropriate. There is a huge and growing market for such books in this region and I hope that maybe you could find time, and inspiration, to help fill this gap and give my lads more choice in their reading.

      • Tim Vicary says:

        Nice to hear from you again Margaret. At the moment I am trying to write a fourth Sarah Newby novel – a full length book like the other ones on this website – but I have written about 20 graded readers already for OUP which you can see on my other website http://www.timvicary.com so maybe your boys could look there to see if they find anything interesting. My latest one is called Space – I’m not sure it’s on that site yet.


      • Margaret says:

        I’ve added Space to my bext book order. Thanks.


  6. Arlie says:

    Hi, i think that i saw you visited my web site thus i came to “return the favor”.

    I am attempting to find things to improve
    my website!I suppose its ok to use a few of your ideas!

  7. Jill Sidley says:

    Just finished Game of Proof and enjoyed it immensely. Being from the US, I find myself learning lots of British slang and spelling. (Must admit I had to look up the pronunciation of a few, but it’s fun) I’ve read novels by a few other Brits and I do enjoy your books!

    • Tim Vicary says:

      Dear Jill,

      Thank you so much for your kind comments. I’m delighted that you enjoyed A Game of Proof and glad to hear you enjoyed the British aspects of it. I have similar experiences when reading American crime fiction – most things are clear but some are a bit opaque. Apologies for the delay in replying – my computer crashed and I’ve been off the internet for a while.


      Tim Vicary

  8. Peggy Schott says:

    Greetings Tim,

    I just finished Game of Proof, it took me awhile but not for any fault of the book, just a lot of life and not enough hours in the day getting in the way. You did such a great job developing the characters that it was easy to get back into the story when I could carve out the time to read. Definitely a book I regretted having to put down and on hold. I’m ready for the next in the series because I want more I don’t want it to end. Very well done!

    • Tim Vicary says:

      Dear Peggy,

      Thank you so much for your kind comments. I’m delighted that you enjoyed the book and hope you like the others in series too. Let me know how you get on!



  9. WillisMn says:

    You have a great website here,I will start reading more.Please visit blog,I have a great article about the last king of Rwanda in Africa,I’m trying to raise awareness because his presence in the area would bring peace to the great lake region in central Africa.Thanks

  10. Gulnura says:

    Hello Mr.Vicary
    My name is Gulnura and I’m a student. I study English.I’m from Kyrgyzstan, it’s in Central Asia. I’ve read your book “The Bronte Story”, and really like it.And now I want to translate it,beside my future profession is translator. If you alllow me, it will be my first translation. Thank you beforehand,waiting for your reply…

  11. Hi dear Tim.

    I am Suleyman Ragip, from Turkey, Istanbul.

    I read your book yesterday. That was The Coldest Place On Earth.

    It was a real story… And a sad story.. I effected.

    I am an editor in a magazine.

    I wish one day we will see.

    İf you come to the Istanbul, remember me…


  12. aimee says:

    i reallly love all of your books, and i want to know more about the elephant man! Its a reaaallly cool book ! Congrats

  13. lucy says:

    i love your books
    but my favourite is The Elephant man

  14. rachel says:

    Who is the elephant man ??

  15. Internal says:

    I am not positive where you are getting your information, but great topic.
    I must spend some time finding out more or figuring out more.

    Thanks for wonderful information I used to be in search of this information for my mission.

  16. Rosemary Grizanti says:

    Just finished “The Monmouth Summer”. I really enjoyed the story and learning about British history. I never enjoyed history in school but stories make history come alive. Cannot wait to read more of your historical novels! Rosemary Grizanti

  17. Tim Vicary says:

    Thank you Rosemary. I’m delighted to hear that you enjoyed The Monmouth Summer and I hope you enjoy the others too.

  18. I would like to sign up for your newsletter ty

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