Will Davenport is also known by his real name, James Long. For many years he was a correspondent for the BBC. He now lives in Devon, where he devotes his time to his twin passions of writing and archaeology.Willâ€™s first novel The Painter, featuring Rembrandt, deception and attraction, was published in 2003.
A dual-time tale of Chaucer’s Knight and a modern family linked by a medieval tower where some strange old traditions are still honoured. It’s a mesmerising tale of reconciliation, loyalty and rediscovering the past, a beautiful novel from a fine, lyric writer. The Painter is his previous work (about Rembrandt, highly recommended) but he also writes as James Long and his best work is another historical tale of love across the ages, Ferney, one of my all time favourite books but sadly out of print!Comparisons: Tracy Chevalier, Audrey Niffenegger, Robert Goddard.Similar this month: Sylvian Hamilton, Jojo Moyes.