**IMPORTANT: Before reading on, please note that this is the website of the British historian and author, Alison Weir, not the American Alison Weir, founder of the organisation 'If Americans Knew'.** I have nothing to do with the politics of the Middle East. It is a matter of concern to me that I still receive hate mail and threats of violence from people who confuse me with the other Alison Weir and do not pause to read this message.
THIS IS ME. THIS IS THE AMERICAN ALISON WEIR.
Despite prominent disclaimers on my website that I am not the American Alison Weir of the organisation If Americans Knew, I am still getting hate emails and threats from people who just ignore them and mistake me for her. Recently I received an email that was so obscene and threatening that I reported it to the police. The other Alison Weir has since made it very clear to her contacts that I am not her, and informed them how this problem is impacting on my career. It's clear from emails I've received that people who think that I am her stop buying my books, which naturally worries me; and because of several disturbing incidents during my US book tours, I have stopped touring the US as I don't feel safe. The other Alison Weir suggested that I write a short piece about this problem so that readers are aware that there are two of us with the same name, and that I am not in any way involved in American or Middle Eastern politics.
Professional email contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
BEFORE CONTACTING ME, PLEASE READ THE NOTES BELOW.
It is always a huge pleasure to receive emails, letters and messages from readers, and I love engaging with readers. However, the volume of correspondence has increased so much in recent years that I regret that I am no longer able to reply at length, as I would wish, to each kind person who writes to say how much they have enjoyed my books or asks me a question. Believe me, I very much appreciate your encouraging words, and I am always touched whenever someone takes the trouble to write to me. I do assure you that your comments are always read and digested, and that I try to respond to everyone.
Because of my very busy schedule and tight deadlines, I regret that I cannot respond to requests for:
* assistance with private research, school, college or university projects
* advice on study, careers within the historical field, CVs or finding work experience placements
* the reading of unsolicited texts
I do not keep review copies of my books, but am happy to send signed bookplates to readers. If you would like a review copy of my latest book, please contact my publishers (see below).
I regret that I no longer give jacket quotes for books.
I like to support independent bookshops. If you do not wish to buy books through this website's links to online booksellers, please visit www.localbookshops.co.uk to find a stockist near you.
Web companies - please don't bother to send me emails touting for business, as I am quite happy with my website, its ratings and my webmaster.
My own Facebook page is at
The Alison Weir Fan Club Face book page is at
Other Facebook pages are unauthorised and some contain inaccurate information.
I am on Twitter @AlisonWeirTours
I am on Pinterest
I have limited numbers of the following foreign-language editions of my books to give away:
Eleanor of Aquitaine (Italy and Korea)
The Six Wives of Henry VIII (Korea and Croatia)
Elizabeth the Queen (Korea, Taiwan and China)
Children of England (Korea)
Innocent Traitor (Turkey, Hungary, Poland and Korea)
The Lady Elizabeth (Turkey and Hungary)
A Dangerous Inheritance (Poland)
If you would like one or more copies, please email me at the address above.
Contact me through my Literary Agent:
Lucas Alexander Whitley,
14 Vernon Street,
London, W14 ORJ.
Contact me through my Publishers:
Jonathan Cape (non-fiction) or Hutchinson (fiction 2006-14),
20 Vauxhall Bridge Road,
London, SW1V 2SA.
Headline Publishing Group (forthcoming fiction from 2015)
338 Euston Road
0207 873 6000
New York, NY 10019
I have done over 550 events at numerous historical sites, museums, art galleries, festivals, bookstores, libraries, charities and schools in the UK, the USA and Canada, at/for (for example) the following venues/organisations:
Acton Court, The Althorp Festival, The American Women's Club of London, The Annual Writers` Conference, The Astor Community Theatre Deal, Authors at the Adolphus Dallas, The Bath Festival, Battle Abbey, The BBC Proms Festival, Beccles Christmas Fair, The Beverley Literary Festival, The Biographers' Club, Birkbeck College University of London, Blickling Hall, Bosworth Battlefield, The Bridport Festival, The British Library, The Canterbury Festival, Carlisle Castle, Chelmsford Cathedral, The Cheltenham Literary Festival, Christ Church College Oxford, Clare College Cambridge, Claridges, The Clerkenwell Literary Festival, The Commandery Worcester, The Coughton Court Festival, The Dartington Literary Festival, The Detroit Book and Author Society, Dover Castle, The Durham Festival, Durham Union Society, The Edinburgh International Book Festival, Eltham Palace, English Heritage, The English Speaking Union, Epsom College, The Essex Book Festival, The Eype Literary Festival, The Festival of History, Gainsborough Old Hall, The Georgia Centre for the Book Atlanta, Gonville and Caius College Cambridge, The Guildford Festival, The Guildford Shakespeare Company, The Guildhall Coventry, The Guildhall London, Hampton Court Palace, Harrods, Harvard University Bookshop, Hatchards, Hatfield House, The Hay Literary Festival, The Hebden Bridge Festival, The Henley Literature Festival, Hever Castle, The Historical Association, Historic Royal Palaces, The Ilkley Literary Festival, Ingatestone Hall, The Institute of Historical Research, The Institute of Tourist Guiding, The Isle of Man Fund for the Blind, Kenilworth Castle, Kensington Palace, Kettlethorpe Church, Kingston Museum, Kingston Readers' Festival, Kirby Hall, The Lavenham Literary Festival, Leeds Castle, The Lewis Live Festival, The Lichfield Festival, The Lincoln Book Festival, Lincoln Cathedral Library, Littlecote House, The London City Guides, The London History Festival, Malmesbury Town Hall, The Manchester Literary Festival, Marble Hill House, The Margaret Mitchell House Atlanta, The Marie Stuart Society, Marlborough Guildhall, The Mary Rose Theatre Portsmouth, Merton College Oxford, Miller`s Academy London, The Mole Valley Festival, The National Archives, The National army Museum, The National Gallery, The National Maritime Museum, The National Portrait Gallery, The National Trust, The National Trust for Scotland, The National Women’s Register, New Hall School, Oakham Castle, The Oundle Festival, The Overseas Women’s Club, Oxford Brookes University, The Oxford History Society, The Oxford Literary Festival, Pembroke College Cambridge, Oxford University History Society, Parkinson's U.K., Penn University Bookshop, Peterborough Cathedral, Portsmouth Festivities, The Reading Crime Writers' Festival, The Richard III Society, Richmond Castle, The Richmond Festival, The Richmond Museum, Rievaulx Abbey, The Rotary Club, The Royal Air Force Club, The Royal London Society for the Blind, The Royal Overseas League, The Royal Society of Arts, The Royal Tennis Court, Rycote House, The Rye Festival, The Saffron Walden Literary Festival, St Alban’s Abbey, St Bartholemew's Church Otford, Gladstone's [formerly St Deiniol’s] Library, St John`s College Cambridge, St John`s College Oxford, The Save the Children Fund, The Scarborough Literary Festival, The Shakespeare Centre, The Shakespeare Club, The Sheffield Festival, Sheffield Manor Lodge, The Sick Children’s Trust, Skipton Castle, The Smithsonian Institute Washington, Soroptimist International, Southside House Wimbledon, The Spitalfields Literature Festival, The Square Tower Portsmouth, The Suffolk Book League, Sutton Library, Sutton Writers' Circle, Syon House, Tapeley Park, The Tate Gallery, The Theatre Royal Bath, The Tower Arts Centre Winchester, The Tower of London, Trinity College Dublin, Trinity Hall Cambridge, The University Bookstore Seattle, University College Dublin, The University of London, The University of the Third Age, The University of York, Warwick Words Festival, The Wells Festival, Westenhanger Castle, The Wetherby Arts Festival, Whitehall at Cheam, Wigmore Hall, The Wimbledon Festival, The Winchester Literary Festival, Winchester Museums, The Windsor Festival, Wingfield Castle, Winter Words Festival Pitlochry, The Women`s Library, Woodstock Town Hall, Writers Week at the Listowel Festival, and numerous events for Waterstone's, Dillon's, Ottaker's, Borders, Methven's, Barnes and Noble, Heffers, Blackwells, as well as numerous independent book shops, schools, libraries and literary/historical societies. Alison has also featured on numerous radio and television programmes, and four of her books have been selected for Radio 4`s Book of the Week.
If you would like to book me for an event, please contact me at email@example.com for an information sheet, booking form and list of talks, or contact my publishers.