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Upcoming Appearances

Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 10:12
Just to let you all know that yours truly will be at appearing on the BBC Radio Devon contribution to World Book Day on Thursday 1st March, followed by evening library talks at Hythe (near Southampton) on Tuesday 20th March (19.30), Lymington on Wednesday 21st March (19.00), and Fareham on Thursday 22nd March (19.30).See you there?

Me and the Virus: a confession

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 15:30
  Me and the Virus:  a confession Here’s the thing.  You want to write.  You need to write.  You’re thirteen years old.  Just.  Nothing much has happened to you yet in the way of plot, or character(s), or any of those presents from real life that age may one day leave on your doorstep.  But you persevere because, in some hard-to-fathom way, you have to.  It’s a virus thing.  It’s in your bloodstream.  It’s deep in your bones.  It nests everywhere.  It won’t leave you alone. Your...

Short-listed for the Wilbur Smith? Mon Dieu!

Monday, May 15, 2017 - 15:10
Surprised (and delighted) to find my name and favorite cover on the short list for the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize.  This turns out to be a new presence on the prize scene but there are some big names in the mix and the lucky winner gets to trouser a large cheque.  Back awhile, I shared the Theakstons Crime Prize shortlist with Stef Penny, who won with an outstanding read:  "The Tenderness of Wolves".  She's there again.  So who's stalking who (whom?). Adjudication in September.  Yours truly very happy that my return to the world...

Prequel to "Finisterre"

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 17:21
Insert for “Finisterre”I’ve always been fascinated by the Second World War.  My father flew in Beaufighters and fought in North Africa.  My mum was working in London during the Blitz.  Their experiences, plus the tidal wave of books that flooded out of that bottomless conflict, offered me a rich store of experiences, mercifully second-hand.As a published writer, I was lured into crime fiction and wrote sixteen books powered by the same cast of characters.  It taught me a great deal, but always, at the very back of my mind, I was aware that I’d...

Following Winds for Finisterre

Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 12:44
Very glad to report a warm welcome for "Finisterre". Reaction from last week's library events (four in all, three of them sell-outs) was extremely positive.  As was the news that "Finisterre" has been chosen by both the Sunday Times Crime Club, and the Daily Telegraph book club as seasonal titles.  Better still, the Times published a review yesterday hailing "Finisterre" as "a cracking thriller...utterly intriguing."  Top stuff!!

Thank you, thank you

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 17:49
Big thank you to all my readers (and hopefully soon-to-be-readers) who braved the Arctic weather to flock to the library events in Petersfield, Gosport, and Hayling Island last week  Three straight sell-outs, and much good will.   Thanks, too, to Lian and Sarah, keepers of the flame.  Top job....

Update

Friday, November 25, 2016 - 11:54
Glad to report that "Finisterre" is a star pick in the latest Sunday Times Crime Club.  Excellent pre-publication kick-off. In the meantime, yours truly is doing the biz at the Telling Tales event at New Milton (Hants) tomorrow afternoon, followed by library events at Petersfield (Tuesday 29th November, 7.00pm), Gosport Discovery Centre (Wednesday 30th November, 7.00pm) and Hayling Island (Thursday 1st December, 7.00pm).   There's a signing at Waterstones, Petersfield on Friday 2nd December (11.00am), with more signings to be confirmed in S. Hants.  ...

Telling Tales

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 12:55
Here's a heads-up for what sounds like a deeply promising event in late November.  It takes place in the New Forest.  Details on this link....    https://uk.patronbase.com/_ForestArtsCentreEvents/Productions/AQ/Performances

Change of Tack

Friday, September 2, 2016 - 16:39
The hot news just now is that yours truly is taking an extended break from crime fiction to launch a trilogy of World War Two thrillers.  The first, "Finisterre", publishes (in hardback) on 1st December and the books to follow will feature what I've termed a "soft-linkage" between characters who flit in and out of the narrative as the plot demands.  This little device serves two purposes.  Firstly it acts like an egg, binding together the series as a whole, thus giving me the chance to offer promising bit players an entire book of their own.  ...

Applause for The Order of Things

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 09:02
Immodest, I know....this from "Crime Review" The Order of Thingsby Graham Hurley Review Graham Hurley is one of the most reliable writers around – he rarelymisses his step and you’re pretty sure you’ll get a well-told andengrossing tale from him. The Order of Things is no exception.I’ve followed his books through from its days with bird-watching DI JoeFaraday on the mean streets of Portsmouth, through to the presentseries with DS Jimmy Suttle legging it down to Devon. And I’ll admit Iwas dubious about the spin-off to start with, as a good...

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