Christmas is coming, and as usual, I haven’t begun to deal with it. I do have an excuse. The whole of November has been devoted to writing the fourth book in my series about the Tudor secret service, The Chronicles of Christoval Alvarez. Over 100,000 words, so I’m exhausted. The new book is called Bartholomew Fair and centres on an actual event which occurred at the 1589 Fair and caused panic on the part of the London authorities. I have taken it further, and involved Walsingham’s spy network.