The Marbeck series, set in the early 1600s and featuring a spy or 'intelligencer', is going well. The first book, Marbeck and the Double-Dealer (published in 2012 by Severn House) has earned star reviews, Booklist describing it as 'a 17th century James Bond' and 'a gripping, entertaining page-turner'. It's now published in the USA, in ebook on both sides of the Atlantic and in Amazon Audible. Book 2, Marbeck and the King-in-Waiting, is also thriving while book 3, Marbeck and the Privateers, appeared in February and is doing well.

After stepping down from my post as a Writing Fellow at the University of Bristol, I've been putting final touches to the new mystery, Marbeck and the Gunpowder Plot, to be published in 2015. I've also finished teaching an enjoyable weekly course in Shakespearean Theatre, and am now gathering ideas for my next book. More later...


Welcome to John Pilkington’s official website.

An author for over thirty years, John has written plays for radio and theatre, television scripts for the BBC and numerous historical novels including several for children. Born in Lancashire, he now lives in Devon where he writes mysteries and espionage tales set in the turbulent years of the 17th century.

‘Pilkington successfully draws readers into his world and keeps them turning the pages’

‘A master of the historical mystery’
Publisher’s Weekly

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