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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

Other books by Caroline Lawrence

Time Travel Diaries: Adventure in Athens

Time Travel Diaries: Adventure in Athens

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

From the author of The Roman Mysteries comes a nail-biting time-travel adventure, set in London. 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.

The Roman Mysteries: The Colossus of Rhodes

The Roman Mysteries: The Colossus of Rhodes

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/05/2018

Anxious to solve the mystery of whether his mother is still alive, and keen to follow his uncle's dying wish, Lupus and his friends sail to the island of Rhodes, site of one of the seven wonders of the ancient world - and base of a criminal mastermind!

The Roman Mysteries: The Beggar of Volubilis

The Roman Mysteries: The Beggar of Volubilis

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/05/2018

Flavia and her friends are on a quest for the Emperor Titus - to steal a valuable gemstone known as 'Nero's Eye'. The Delphic Oracle prophesied that whoever owns the gem will rule Rome - so Titus is determined to claim it for himself. Their travels take them across the Roman province of Mauretania, from Sabratha (in modern Libya) to Volubilis (Morocco). As they travel on a caravan across the desert they encounter slave-traders, pantomime actors and a wild animal stampede. The detectives must consider another quest: what has happened to Uncle Gaius? Meanwhile, Flavia faces some tough decisions about her future.

The Roman Mysteries: The Enemies of Jupiter

The Roman Mysteries: The Enemies of Jupiter

Author: Caroline Lawrence, Andrew Davidson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/05/2018

Jonathan's father, Doctor Mordecai, is summoned to Rome to help the plague victims. The four young detectives are wanted too, as the Emperor Titus believes that they can find the mysterious enemy who seeks Rome's destruction. Can the friends prevent disaster? And what is Jonathan's secret mission?

The Roman Mysteries: The Dolphins of Laurentum

The Roman Mysteries: The Dolphins of Laurentum

Author: Caroline Lawrence, Andrew Davidson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/05/2018

It's October AD 79. The arrival of a ragged man at the Geminus household sets in motion a series of events which take Flavia and her three friends to an opulent villa by the sea at Laurentum, a few miles south of Ostia. Just off the coast is a sunken wreck full of treasure which could be the answer to all their problems. But someone else is after the treasure, too. As the four children try to recover it, they solve the terrible mystery of Lupus's past.

The Roman Mysteries: The Prophet from Ephesus

The Roman Mysteries: The Prophet from Ephesus

Author: Caroline Lawrence, Andrew Davidson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/05/2018

It's August, AD 81. Presumed dead by their families but wanted by unknown authorities, Flavia and her friends feel very far from home. When news of more kidnappings reach them, and they discover that one of Miriam's twins is among the missing, the four detectives set out for Halicarnassus to help. Here they find the countryside is full of prophets who heal the sick and cure the lame - or are they merely tricksters and villains in disguise?

The Roman Mysteries: The Gladiators from Capua

The Roman Mysteries: The Gladiators from Capua

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2018

March AD 80. In Rome, the Emperor Titus has announced that there will be a hundred days of games to open his new amphitheatre (now known as the Colosseum). Flavia, Nubia and Lupus take this opportunity to go to Rome and search for their missing friend, Jonathan. Their search leads the young detectives straight to the games, where they must face wild beasts and gladiators to accomplish their mission.

The Roman Mysteries: The Fugitive from Corinth

The Roman Mysteries: The Fugitive from Corinth

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/02/2018

Mystery and adventure for four young detectives in Ancient Roman times.. It seems that Flavia's tutor, Aristo, has committed a terrible crime - attempting to murder Flavia's own father. When Aristo escapes, Flavia and her friends give chase, but they aren't the only ones on Aristo's trail. Who else is after the young tutor? And what made him want to kill?

Roman Quests: Return to Rome

Roman Quests: Return to Rome

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Paperback / softback 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.

Roman Quests: Death in the Arena

Roman Quests: Death in the Arena

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Paperback / softback 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 / softback 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 / softback 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 / softback 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 / softback 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.