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Interview for French Television

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 17:54
Interview for Cyrille Latour (copyright France Televisions)

How did you become a crime novelist?

In truth, I became a crime novelist by accident. I’d written a series of nine international thrillers – the kind of stuff you buy at airports – and although they were selling quite well, my publisher thought I could do better by taking the plunge into crime fiction. At the time I was horrified. My “international thrillers” could take me anywhere in the world. For the foreseeable future, my fictional world was to be the city of Portsmouth (surnommee “Pompey”). How claustrophobic is...

News from the Front Line

Friday, September 9, 2011 - 19:20
Good event in Westbourne Library (Bournemouth) last night.  First of the autumn season with the usual demographic:  comforting outbreaks of beige in the fifty-plus audience (that’s numbers,  not age),  plus instructions from the lovely Jenny to finish in time to get everyone home before dark. 
This is amusing,  in its way,  but the truth is that she means it.  In this part of the world – and there are Westbournes everywhere - reading has become the preserve of the over-sixties (that’s age,  not numbers),  chiefly women.  I suspect many...

The Book of the Series?

Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 15:58
I've been struck (and greatly flattered) by the sheer number of readers who have stuck with me,  book by book,  and seem genuinely upset that next year's publication - Happy Days - will bring the Faraday series to an end.  Then came a pint or two with a D/I who's been with me from the start and has become a good friend.  This guy knows a great deal about the behind-the-scenes twists and turns that have accompanied the writing of the books and thought there might be something in me turning all that stuff into some kind of account.  "Account" is the word cops use when...

Time-line for the Faraday Books

Friday, August 26, 2011 - 09:04
I'm getting lots of inquiries about the order in which the Faraday books have been written and published.  So here's the way it goes...
HAPPY DAYS (to be published in hardback in February 2012)

Publication date for Happy Days

Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 21:47
The hardback of  Happy Days, which will bring the Joe Faraday series to an end,  will be published in February,  2012.  Says Orion editor,  Simon Spanton,  "This is an extraordinary conclusion to a fantastic series.  Happy Days has to provide a climax to the series as a whole but it's a climax that is balanced by the weight of all that has gone before.  The book belongs to Paul Winter.  He dominates,  he faces the collapse of all his plans,  he plays a dreadful hand,   but he does the right thing.  He's...

French TV series

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 21:53
"The French TV channel,  France 2,  are preparing to launch their adaptation of the Faraday series.  Transmission of Les Anges Brises de Somerstown (Angels Passing) and Les Quais de la Blanche (Cut to Black) is scheduled for early autumn.  Producer of the series,  Geteve's Jacques Salles,  says "We're absolutely delighted to be bringing Graham's work to a French audience.  There's a huge appetite for this kind of hard-hitting,  socially aware drama in our country."   The new Pompey?  Le Havre...

Publication date for Western Approaches

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 21:48
Western Approaches,  the first of the new West-Country based series featuring D/S Jimmy Suttle,  will be published in hardback in August,  2012.  Research is nearly complete and author Graham Hurley anticipates a change of focus and pace from the Faraday series.  "These will be tightly-framed stories,  drawing on a region that offers a huge variety of settings.  Jimmy Suttle is no longer banged up in a single city.  As a key player on one of the Major Crime Investigation Teams,  he has the whole of Devon and Cornwall as his patch.

Award for Ghosts

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 21:46
The Ghosts of 2012 has won an Inspiration Book Award after a nationwide poll attracting more than a million website hits.  The award was presented at a ceremony in St Mary's Guildhall,  Coventry,  on 15th June,  2011.  Says Barrington Stoke publisher Vicki Rutherford,  "This is a reader-based award and we're thrilled that Ghosts has found such an appreciative audience.  In many ways it's a provocative book,  exploring the kind of society we might become,  but there's obviously a real demand for this kind of writing."

New e-formats available

Sunday, May 29, 2011 - 16:34
Two quick reads,  available from Barrington Stoke in book form,  are now for sale through this website in a number of e-formats.  At £1.99 per download,  a serious bargain!   To order The Chop or The Ghosts of 2012 simply click on Books and follow the prompts.