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Caroline Lawrence - Author

About the Author

Caroline Lawrence was born in London. Her American parents returned to the United States shortly afterwards and she grew up in Bakersfield, California with her younger brother and sister. Her father taught English and drama in a local high school and her mother was an artist.

When she was twelve, Caroline's family moved to Stanford University in northern California so that her father could study Linguistics. Caroline inherited her father's love of words and her mother's love of art. She subsequently studied Classics at Berkeley, where she won a Marshall Scholarship to Cambridge. There, at Newnham College, she studied Classical Art and Archaeology.

The books in the series are:
The Thieves of Ostia
The Secrets of Vesuvius
The Pirates of Pompeii
The Assassins of Rome
The Dolphins of Laurentum
The Twelve Tasks of Flavia Gemina
The Enemies of Jupiter
The Gladiators from Capua
The Colossus of Rhodes
The Fugitive from Corinth
The Sirens of Surrentum
The Charioteer of Delphi
The Slave Girl from Jerusalem
The Beggar of Volubilis
The Scribes from Alexandria
The Prophet from Ephesus
And finally…
The Man from Pomegranate Street


THE ROMAN MYSTERIES have sold over 1.1 million copies since its introduction in 2001 and in 2009 won the Classical Association Prize for 'a significant contribution to the public understanding of Classics' THE ROMAN MYSTERIES has been recognised as having an exemplary combination of entertainment and education.

Featured books by Caroline Lawrence

The Man From Pomegranate Street

The Man From Pomegranate Street

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/06/2009

Caroline Lawrence has a real gift for bringing history to life through her characters and here in what is the 17th and final title in the Roman Mysteries series is no exception. With action and adventure throughout coupled with page-turning drama you cannot fail to enjoy history.   These 17 titles have collectively sold over 1.1 million copies since the first title was published back in 2001.   In 2009 the author won the Classical Association Prize for, 'a significant contribution to the public understanding of Classics as well as being recognised as having an exemplary combination of entertainment and education.  

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Other books by Caroline Lawrence

Time Travel Diaries: Adventure in Athens

Time Travel Diaries: Adventure in Athens

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/05/2020

Alex and his friend Dinu vowed never to time-travel again . . . But now it's summer and Alex and Dinu have been offered a luxury summer holiday in Athens. After a rooftop banquet the evening they arrive, everyone gets food poisoning and is told not to eat for 48 hours. When Alex and Dinu feel better, they decide to stretch their legs. But the moment they step out of the hotel, their limo pulls up with their dangerous mentor Solomon Daisy who now has a new mission for them. He wants them to go back to the 'Golden Age of Athens' - to a time when Socrates was alive and when Athens was at peace with Sparta. The second book in Caroline Lawrence's gripping new time-travel series.

How To Write a Great Story

How To Write a Great Story

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/08/2019

Stories are incredibly powerful so if you become a writer, be careful. Your book could change the world. Caroline Lawrence shares her best tips in this illustrated guide to creative writing and storytelling for readers and writers aged 9+. . . Featuring examples from all kinds of stories, including Black Panther, Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter, The Incredibles and Star Wars, Caroline explores every aspect of writing - from brainstorming a setting, to creating an opponent and choosing your hero's greatest weakness. Inspired by Caroline's school events and workshops, and illustrated with Linzie Hunter's lively black and white artwork on every page, this is the perfect addition to the bookshelves of young writers everywhere.

The Time Travel Diaries

The Time Travel Diaries

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/04/2019

A SUNDAY TIMES CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE WEEK From the author of The Roman Mysteries comes a nail-biting time-travel adventure, set in Roman London - where past meets present. Billionaire Solomon Daisy is obsessed with the skeleton of a blue eyed African girl from Roman London. When his tech guys accidentally invent a time machine he decides to send London schoolboy Alex Papas on a mission. Time travel is easier for kids, and Alex knows Greek and a little Latin. The portable portal is placed in London's Mithraeum, recently relocated back to its original 3rd century AD site. Now all Alex has to do is go through and find the blue-eyed girl. There are just three rules: 1. Naked you go and naked you must return. 2. Drink, don't eat. 3. As little interaction as possible. But Time Travel is fun fair, and there are more ways to die in Roman London than Alex could have guessed.

Return to Rome

Return to Rome

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/01/2018

The fourth and final book in the new historical adventure series from million copy selling Caroline Lawrence, set in Roman Britain during the reign of the evil Emperor Domitian. AD 96. Bouda, an orphaned British girl with a troubled past, has been helping Juba and his siblings since they first arrived in Britannia. For almost two years they have been in hiding from the Emperor Domitian's agents. But now information has come to light that could bring down the tyrant. When Juba and his sister decide to return to Rome with the man who has this evidence, Bouda goes with them. But is it ever right to kill a tyrant? From the bestselling author of THE ROMAN MYSTERIES, perfect for children studying at Key Stage 2.

Death in the Arena

Death in the Arena

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/07/2017

Third in a new historical adventure series from million copy selling Caroline Lawrence, set in Roman Britain during the reign of the evil Emperor Domitian. Eleven-year-old Ursula is happily learning to be a Druid in the woods of Britannia. But then she is asked to go on a quest to find a boy who was abducted as a baby. Will her mystical training equip her for life on the road - with a troupe of Roman pantomime dancers and beast hunters? Her task: to adapt to life in the arena Her quest: to find the boy everyone is seeking Her destiny: to protect children and animals From the bestselling author of THE ROMAN MYSTERIES, perfect for children studying at Key Stage 2.

Roman Quests: The Archers of Isca

Roman Quests: The Archers of Isca

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/10/2016

The second thrilling adventure in a new historical series from million-copy-selling Caroline Lawrence, set in Roman Britain during the reign of the evil Emperor Domitian. Britannia AD 94. On the run from the Emperor Domitian, fifteen-year-old Fronto has joined the Roman army in order to find the security and structure he craves. But when his younger sister Ursula is captured by a terrifying Druid called Snakebeard, he must make an impossible decision. Can he leave the army, when desertion is punishable by death? His desire: To become a good soldier His quest: To rescue his sister His destiny: To find his place in Roman Britain From the bestselling author of THE ROMAN MYSTERIES, perfect for children studying at Key Stage 2. Historical locations featured in this book are a British Iron Age Village, Bath Spa and the fortress at Caerleon.

Roman Quests: Escape from Rome

Roman Quests: Escape from Rome

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/05/2016

The first in a brand new historical adventure series from million-copy-selling Caroline Lawrence, set in Roman Britain during the reign of the evil Emperor Domitian. The year is AD 94. When the evil Emperor Domitian sends soldiers to seize his family's home in the middle of the night, twelve-year-old Juba must escape with his brother and sisters, and journey to distant Britannia on the edge of the known world. His task: To avoid capture and death. His quest: To find a safe haven in Britain. His destiny: To save the children. Brand new exciting Roman series from the bestselling author of THE ROMAN MYSTERIES, perfect for children studying at Key Stage 2. Historical locations featured in book 1 are Rome, Ostia, Londinium and Fishbourne.

Queen of the Silver Arrow

Queen of the Silver Arrow

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/01/2016

Few have ever seen her, but all of Laurentum knows the story of Camilla - tied to a spear and thrown across a river by her father as he fled for his life. The Goddess Diana saved the baby, and now it is Camilla's turn to save Laurentum as the Trojans march on the town. But Camilla is a wild girl from the forest, not the Amazon they imagine, and so Acca must step in to help her new friend adjust to the great destiny before her. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

The P. K. Pinkerton Mysteries: The Case of the Bogus Detective

The P. K. Pinkerton Mysteries: The Case of the Bogus Detective

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/06/2015

The final whip-cracking adventure in the P.K. Pinkerton series from bestselling Roman Mysteries author Caroline Lawrence. When P.K's father, Robert Pinkerton, suddenly appears in Virginia City, P.K.'s life turns upside down. Suddenly she's having to learn how to be a 'girly-girl' in a cunning plot to outwit silver thieves. But it seems the thieves are one step ahead! Has P.K. finally met her match or can she use her detective skills to turn the situation on its head and impress her private-eye Pa? A gripping rollercoaster ride of a tale packed with Wild West authenticity and atmosphere from this million-selling author.

The P. K. Pinkerton Mysteries: The Case of the Pistol-packing Widows

The P. K. Pinkerton Mysteries: The Case of the Pistol-packing Widows

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/07/2014

From the million-copy-selling author of The Roman Mysteries comes the third whip-cracking adventure in this award-winning series. When P.K. is suddenly abducted, he fears he's going to be thrown in the river to drown. In fact, he's about to get a new case. He must travel to Carson City, don a disguise and shadow his friend and mentor, Poker Face Jace. But Jace isn't easy to fool, P.K.'s widow woman disguise is horribly uncomfortable and, as if that's not bad enough, it seems somebody might be trying to kill him! Can P.K. survive amid the gun-slingers, gamblers and desperados of Carson City?

The Night Raid

The Night Raid

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/05/2014

A powerful novel inspired by Virgil's tale of the ill-fated night raid of Euryalus and Nisus, from Roman Mysteries author Caroline Lawrence. The Trojan War is over. The survivors must find new land on which to settle, and there is war. Euryalus and Nisus, two teenage warriors among Aeneas's Trojan refugees, make a disastrous decision to raid the camp of their enemy. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 14+

P.K. Pinkerton and the Pistol-Packing Widows

P.K. Pinkerton and the Pistol-Packing Widows

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Ebook Release Date: 06/03/2014

Winning hearts and rave reviews, master-of-disguise P.K. Pinkerton returns to the Wild West in the best adventure yet!P.K. Pinkerton's detective agency is thriving in Virginia Cityuntil the evening P.K. is abruptly stuffed into a turnip sack and tossed into the back of a wagon! Surfacing in Chinatown, P.K. is forced into taking a job trailing the abductor's fiance in Carson City.Danger lurks at every turn. P.K. must battle quicksand, escape the despicable former Deputy Marshall, Jack Williams, and save Poker Face Jace from certain death at the hands of the fatal ';Black Widow,' who is courting P.K.'s friend and mentor.Master-of-disguise P.K. Pinkerton has almost perfected the art of staying hidden in plain sight, but when the stakes become life or death, the only thing that can save the young detective is to give away the biggest secret of all.

The P. K. Pinkerton Mysteries: The Case of the Good-Looking Corpse

The P. K. Pinkerton Mysteries: The Case of the Good-Looking Corpse

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/06/2013

In the second in this adventure series, Virginia City's newest detective, P.K. Pinkerton, takes on his first case - finding the killer of a murdered girl before he strikes again! Nominated for a 2014 EDGAR award, P.K. Pinkerton is back in the second book of this whip-crackingly brilliant series, set in America's Wild West. The death of sadistic desperado Whittlin Walt has created an opening for 'Chief of the Comstock Desperados'. Several young gunfighters are battling it out in the saloons and streets of Virginia City, and against this backdrop of gunmen, gamblers and cowboys, P.K. Pinkerton, Private Eye, is having trouble drumming up business. Nobody seems to take a 12-year-old detective seriously! Then a servant girl named Martha begs P.K. for help. She witnessed the murder of her mistress - a hurdy girl - and the killer knows it. Now he is after her. Martha gives P.K. a description of the killer and a cryptic clue, but then she disappears. Can P.K. solve the case and find Martha before the killer does?

P.K. Pinkerton and the Petrified Man

P.K. Pinkerton and the Petrified Man

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Ebook Release Date: 18/04/2013

Author Caroline Lawrence returns to the Wild West with another action-packed mystery starring Master-of-Disguise, P.K. Pinkerton. After vanquishing three notorious Desperados, twelve-year-old P.K. Pinkerton opens a private-eye business in Virginia City. P.K.'s skills are quickly put to the test: When a maid named Martha witnesses a murder, she hires the young detective to track the killer before he finds her too.P.K. enlists a trusted ally, Poker Face Jace, to help crack the casebut collecting clues and keeping Martha safe will not be easy. Cunning liars, rogue gunslingers and deadly foes lurk at every turn, and time is running out to bring the murderer to justice.Sharp, thrilling and vividly imagined, P.K. Pinkerton's second action-packed adventure will keep your heart racing through to the very end.

Roman Mysteries Complete Collection

Roman Mysteries Complete Collection

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Ebook Release Date: 24/12/2012

A bumper eBook collection of all 17 Roman Mysteries adventures including The Thieves of Ostia, The Secrets of Vesuvius, The Pirates of Pompeii, The Assassins of Rome, The Dolphins of Laurentum, The Twelve Tasks of Flavia Gemina, The Enemies of Jupiter, The Gladiators From Capua, The Colossus of Rhodes, The Fugitive From Corinth, The Sirens of Surrentum, The Charioteer of Delphi, The Slave-Girl From Jerusalem, The Beggar of Volubilis, The Scribes From Alexandria, The Prophet From Ephesus and The Man From Pomegranate Street.Packed with action, mystery and adventure!

Case of the Deadly Desperados: Western Mysteries, Book One

Case of the Deadly Desperados: Western Mysteries, Book One

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Ebook Release Date: 14/02/2012

The year is 1862 and twelve-year-old P.K. Pinkerton is on the run from Whittlin Walt and his gang of ruthless desperados. P.K. is determined to hold on to his ma,s last priceless possession: the deed to a large amount of land and silver mines in the Nevada Mountains. But this is the Wild West, and there,'s hardly a safe place to hide in Virginia City, an untamed mining town full of gamblers, hurdy girls and gunmenall of them on the make! Relying on disguises will only keep P.K. hidden for so long as he works to outwit the outlaws who are quickly closing in...At once thrilling, funny, and moving, this mystery adventure will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page.