My new novel, THE DANGEROUS KINGDOM OF LOVE, is published by Hutchinson Heinemann/Penguin Random House, and is in bookshops now.


  • The Times, Historical Fiction Book Of The Month, July 2021: Expect gritty language and much enjoyment from this clever and unusual novel.
  • Wildly anachronistic, full of sex and swearing, this fourth novel by the author of The Intoxicating Mr Lavelle is an entertaining and often very funny read with something to say about both the love of power and the power of love. The Sunday Times
  • The brilliant fourth novel by British author Blackmore is a remarkable act of literary ventriloquism...'Wolf Hall' meets 'Succession' Apple Books


A twisting tale of court intrigue and forbidden love in the palaces, taverns and theatres of Jacobean London featuring an astonishing suite of historical characters like Ben Jonson and William Shakespeare, James I and Anne of Denmark, the murderess Frances Carr and even Pocahontas. 

All told through the funny, ironic, self-aware voice of the world-changing Francis Bacon himself, The Dangerous Kingdom of Love is both a darkly funny satire on liberalism and a tragic love story about the corrosive effect of power.


The kingdom of love is a frightening place. A dangerous place. What kind of fool wants to live there?





My literary agent is Veronique Baxter at David Higham Associates.


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