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  • Sceptre
  • Hodder & Stoughton

Fiction, Crime & mystery, Historical mysteries, Historical fiction

A vivid and engaging fictional biography of the notorious Roman emperor

The one 'fact' that everyone knows about Emperor Nero is that he fiddled while Rome burned. But what elements of nature and nuture combined to make this notorious character? An entertaining view is presented by Titus Petronius, Nero's pleasure-loving Advisor on Taste, through whose eyes we see the tumultuous, and ultimately tragic, life of the emperor.

But is it a view we can trust? As their relationship develops, Petronius finds to his dismay that his personal sympathies lie more with the mad emperor than with the forces that seek to keep him in check. Caught between his own beliefs and the political realities of his time, he finds himself walking a path which will lead him and others inevitably to disaster.

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Praise for Nero

  • David Wishart wields an entertaining stylus - Scotland on Sunday on SEJANUS

  • Wishart shows himself entertainingly able to project himself into the daily realities of ancient times. - Scotsman

  • Witty, engrossing and ribald . . . it misses nothing in its evocation of a bygone time and place - Independent on Sunday

  • Wishart is a fine scholar and perfectly at home in the period - Sunday Times on SEJANUS

  • Gripping . . . Chandler meets Robert Graves and John Barth - Times Literary Supplement

  • gripping . . . Chandler meets Robert Graves and John Barth - TLS

  • A history lesson without tears! - Hartlepool Mail

  • Wishart shows himself entertainingly able to project himself into the daily realities of ancient times. - The Scotsman

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David Wishart

David Wishart studied Classics at Edinburgh University. He then taught Latin and Greek in school for four years and after this retrained as a teacher of EFL. He lived and worked abroad for eleven years, working in Kuwait, Greece and Saudi Arabia, and now lives with his wife and family in Scotland.