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Rodney Bolt writes biography and historical fiction. His books are known for their engaging, readable style, and for rich and penetrating research, lightly borne. As ‘Britta Bolt’ (together with lawyer Britta Böhler) he writes crime novels, set in Amsterdam.

He is published by Bloomsbury , Atlantic Books and Mulholland Books.

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Britta Bolt

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Britta Bolt is a collaboration between Rodney Bolt and the prominent criminal lawyer Britta Boehler. Britta Bolt writes crime fiction that tackles gritty aspects of 21st-century society – Islamism, the sway of the media, the culture of the image, compromised personal liberty, populism and the powers of the market. The books are set in Amsterdam, the city is almost a character in itself.

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Britta Bolt is a collaboration between Rodney Bolt and the prominent criminal lawyer Britta Boehler.

Britta Bolt writes crime fiction that tackles gritty aspects of 21st-century society – Islamism, the sway of the media, the culture of the image, compromised personal liberty, populism and the powers of the market. The books are set in Amsterdam, the city is almost a character in itself.

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AS GOOD AS GOD, AS CLEVER AS THE DEVIL
The impossible life of Mary Benson

When Edward White Benson, Archbishop of Canterbury, died on his knees in church in 1896, his wife Mary, whom Prime Minister Gladstone had called “the cleverest woman in Europe”, assumed the name ‘Ben’, took her friend Lucy Tait into her bed, and set up home in a rambling 17th-century house in Sussex.

As Good as God, as clever as the Devil by Rodney Bolt

Available from Atlantic Books!

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Rodney Bolt

LORENZO DA PONTE

The Adventures of Mozart’s Librettist in the Old and New Worlds

By the time he was forty, Lorenzo Da Ponte had been a poet, priest, lover and libertine, a friend of Casanova, collaborator then enemy of Salieri, and ultimately the librettist for three of Mozart’s most sublime operas – The Marriage of Figaro, Cosí fan tutte and Don Giovanni. After losing all his money, he started afresh as a grocer in New York, going on to found the city’s first opera house and become the first Professor of Italian at Columbia.

HISTORY PLAY

The Lives and Afterlife of Christopher Marlowe

What if Christopher Marlowe staged his own death, fled to the Continent and went on to write the works we now attribute to Shakespeare? Working with hard facts and a healthy dose of conjecture, History Play questions the purpose of biography in a daring, imaginative narrative. As he ruffles the ruffs of Elizabethan society, Marlowe travels into a continent tinged with panic, beset with secrets, yet delighting in erudition.