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Book five?

Book five?

A month in Madeira, which I had never visited before, should have been ample time to complete all those tasks I had been putting off: adding a final polish to Book 2 in the Dylan Series, thoroughly revising Book 3, rewriting two chapters of Book 4 that just didn’t hang together not to mention signing off on my new website and starting to master twitter. Instead the island captivated me and I spent most of my time exploring, leaving my list of todos largely undone.  I did however manage something that wasn’t on my list: the first 20,000 words of Book 5 somehow poured out of my IPad and hared off in totally unexpected directions.

Families of Spies cover

Families of Spies cover

The second new cover continues the theme of the first but is, in my opinion, even better. This novel is so much a novel of Sicily and its undercurrents that selecting the right backdrop was essential. We tried to find a period photo of Syracuse but finally chose a shot of Palermo that really epitomises…… Continue reading
Awakening of Spies cover

Awakening of Spies cover

The cover for the first Dylan book has arrived from RedDoor. We had a lot of debate about the initial concepts. I had produced a series of GIMP covers myself in melodramatic shades of grey and black which I thought really looked like spy stories. And of course that was the problem. They looked like…… Continue reading
Empires Apart signing

Empires Apart signing

Last week I was asked to sign a new copy of my book Empires Apart. As the book has long been out of print that doesn’t happen very often. When my original publisher, Picnic Press, went out of business their entire stock was pulped – much to my disgust and I suspect to the horror…… Continue reading
Empires Apart reviews

Empires Apart reviews

When the first edition of Empires Apart was published in 2009 the British and Indian editions received overwhelmingly positive reviews. It is fair to say that reaction to the US edition, which had been ‘adjusted’ by the publisher, was more mixed. The Midwest Book Review called it “remarkable, scholarly and educational” but others responded less…… Continue reading

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