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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

The Roman Mysteries: The Sirens of Surrentum

The Roman Mysteries: The Sirens of Surrentum

Author: Caroline Lawrence, Andrew Davidson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2006

Mystery and adventure for four young detectives in Ancient Roman times... It's summer in the Bay of Naples - time for fun and relaxation. Everyone is thinking about love at the beautiful Villa Limona, but danger lurks beneath the luxury. A famous murder was committed nearby, and a poisoner is at large amongst the guests. Can Flavia and her friends set a trap to catch the culprit before it's too late?

The Roman Mysteries Omnibus

The Roman Mysteries Omnibus

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/09/2005

It is AD 79. Join Flavia Gemina, a Roman sea captain's daughter, Jonathan, her Jewish neighbour, Nubia, the African slave-girl, and Lupus, the mute beggar boy, on three exciting adventures. In THE THIEVES OF OSTIA, the four friends get on the trail of the killer who is silencing the town's watchdogs. Not long after solving this mystery, THE SECRETS OF VESUVIUS finds them relaxing near Pompeii. When Mount Vesuvius erupts, they flee one of the greatest natural disasters of all time. Sheltering in the refugee camps following the eruption, they discover that children are being kidnapped from the camps in THE PIRATES OF POMPEII. Determined to find out who is responsible, the friends come face to face with pirates and slave-dealers ...Three captivating mysteries: compulsive reading for 9-11 year-olds.

The Roman Mysteries: The Colossus of Rhodes

The Roman Mysteries: The Colossus of Rhodes

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2005

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!

Secrets of Vesuvius (3 X CD)

Secrets of Vesuvius (3 X CD)

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: CD-ROM Release Date: 01/07/2004

It's the summer of AD 79, and Flavia Gemina the sea captain's daughter and her friends Jonathan the Jewish boy, Nubia the African slave-girl and Lupus the homeless beggar-boy set sail for the Bay of Naples, to stay with Flavia's uncle near Pompeii. They are soon absorbing in trying to solve a riddle that may lead to treasure. But then tragedy strikes. Mount Vesuvius erupts and the children are fleeing for their lives, in one of the worst natural disasters ever recorded. Not just a mystery - an absolutely thrilling action adventure that makes you feel you were there!

Thieves of Ostia 2XSWC

Thieves of Ostia 2XSWC

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Audio cassette Release Date: 01/02/2004

Flavia Gemina is brilliant at finding things, so it's natural for her to solve mysteries. The daughter of a ship's captain living in Ostia, the port of Rome, in AD 79, she acquires a gang of three friends who help her. There is Jonathan, the Jewish boy (and secretly a Christian); Nubia, the African slave girl; and Lupus, a mute beggar boy. Together they work out who severed the heads of the watchdogs that guard people's homes, and why he did it. Caroline Lawrence is a terrific storyteller and a delightfully readable and accessible writer with characters that children will relate to. Her picture of daily life in Ancient Rome is wonderfully vivid. But The Thieves of Ostia is first and foremost a whodunnit, with lots of twist and cliffhangers - and a mystery for the reader to solve.

Thieves of Ostia 3XCD

Thieves of Ostia 3XCD

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: CD-ROM Release Date: 01/02/2004

Flavia Gemina is brilliant at finding things, so it's natural for her to solve mysteries. The daughter of a ship's captain living in Ostia, the port of Rome, in AD 79, she acquires a gang of three friends who help her. There is Jonathan, the Jewish boy (and secretly a Christian); Nubia, the African slave girl; and Lupus, a mute beggar boy. Together they work out who severed the heads of the watchdogs that guard people's homes, and why he did it. Caroline Lawrence is a terrific storyteller and a delightfully readable and accessible writer with characters that children will relate to. Her picture of daily life in Ancient Rome is wonderfully vivid. But The Thieves of Ostia is first and foremost a whodunnit, with lots of twist and cliffhangers - and a mystery for the reader to solve.

The Roman Mysteries: The Twelve Tasks of Flavia Gemina

The Roman Mysteries: The Twelve Tasks of Flavia Gemina

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/06/2003

Mystery and adventure for four young detectives in Ancient Roman times . . . Flavia is suspicious of the new woman in her father's life, Cartilia Poplica. She's certain that Cartilia has an ulterior motive, but to find out the truth Flavia must perform twelve tasks - like the Greek hero Hercules. So begins a thrilling journey, but what will Flavia learn at the end of her quest?

The Roman Mysteries: The Assassins of Rome

The Roman Mysteries: The Assassins of Rome

Author: Caroline Lawrence, Andrew Davidson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2003

Jonathan goes on a secret quest to Rome, and Flavia, Nubia and Lupus set out to find him. Their dangerous mission takes them to the Golden House of Nero where a deadly assassin is rumoured to be at work - and they learn what happened to Jonathan's family during the terrible destruction of Jerusalem nine years earlier.

The Roman Mysteries: The Pirates of Pompeii

The Roman Mysteries: The Pirates of Pompeii

Author: Caroline Lawrence, Andrew Davidson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/11/2002

It is AD 79 and Mount Vesuvius has erupted, destroying Pompeii. Among the thousands of people huddled in refugee camps along the bay of Naples are Flavia Gemina and her friends, Jonathan the Jewish boy, Nubia the African slave-girl, and Lupus the mute beggar boy. When the friends discover that children are being kidnapped from the camps, they start to investigate and soon solve the mystery of the pirates of Pompeii. A terrifically exciting and dramatic story packed with superb historical detail.

The Roman Mysteries: The Secrets of Vesuvius

The Roman Mysteries: The Secrets of Vesuvius

Author: Caroline Lawrence, Andrew Davidson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2002

It's the summer of AD 79 and Flavia Gemina and her friends, Jonathan, Nubia and Lupus, set sail for the Bay of Naples where they are going to stay with Flavia's uncle near Pompeii. Once they arrive, they are soon absorbed in a quest to solve a riddle that may lead to treasure. But then tragedy strikes: Mount Vesuvius erupts and the friends must flee for their lives! Not just a mystery - this is an absolutely thrilling action adventure that brings history to life!

The Roman Mysteries: The Thieves of Ostia

The Roman Mysteries: The Thieves of Ostia

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2001

The first in Caroline Lawrence's internationally bestselling Roman Mysteries series, re-issued with a fantastic new cover look. Flavia Gemina is a natural at solving mysteries. The daughter of a ship's captain living in Ostia, the port of Rome, in AD79, she and her three friends, Jonathan, a Jewish boy (and secretly a Christian); Nubia, an African slave girl; and Lupus, a mute beggar boy, must work together to discover who is beheading the watchdogs that guard people's homes, and why. A talented storyteller, Caroline Lawrence has created a delightfully readable and accessible series that children will want to read time and time again.