April 2010: JJ travels to Syria. Sites visited include: Damascus, Hama, Krak des Chevaliers, Tartous, Arwad, Lattakia, Ugarit, Aleppo, Qalb Lozeh, Apamea, Serjilla, Rasafa, Palmyra, Bosra and locations around the Syrian Desert.
March 2010: JJ´s twin brother Julian to raise money for blind children by embarking on the John O´Groats to Land´s End July 2010 Charity Cycle Challenge. A great cause. Visit: www.1blind1blonde.com
February 2010: JJ posts ´History Ain´t Bunk´ essay on takimag.com.
December 2009: JJ begins writing the sequel to Pilgrim. Posts first two essays for Taki´s on-line magazine (takimag.com).
November 2009: JJ writes the Saturday feature essay for The Daily Mail (14 Nov).
November 2009: JJ travels to Israel to research locations for the Crusader-era sequels to Pilgrim. Sites visited include Haifa, Acre, Caesarea and Jerusalem.
June 2009: Pilgrim is launched in paperback on the 25th of the month. Available in Asda, WH Smith, WH Smith Travel, Waterstones, and other leading outlets.
May 2009: JJ completes the writing of Realm, Elizabethan sequel to Blood Rock. Due for publication in 2010.
February 2009: Hardback sales of Pilgrim reach 20,000 copies.
August 2008: Pilgrim enters UK Top Ten hardback bestseller list in its first full week of sales.