Work in Progress
The Graveyard of the Hesperides (the fourth in the Albia series) is in its final production stages.
Deadly Election has now been published in the USA, where ebook readers may like to know they can also buy a special bundle of the first three Falco novels.
Readers choices We don’t have readers’ favourite lines for any of the Albia books, including Spooky, so do send suggestions if you would like to.
I am now planning and starting the next Albia book, to be published in 2016. The idea is good, the research is in hand, but the usual fierce wrangles with editors over a title have begun…
There is good news on several fronts regarding foreign translations.
- In Portugal ASA are to publish the Albia series. After much heart-searching, in Spain I am moving from longterm publishers Edhasa to Ediciones B, who will start their editions in 2016.
- I am delighted to have found a new publisher in Italy, Kogoi Edizioni, who will take up the Falco series at The Jupiter Myth, where Albia is first introduced, and begin the Albia series.
- And it’s also very good news that BB Art, who have been my publisher for so long in the Czech Republic, have decided to take the Albia series too.
In 1997/8 I was Honorary President of the UK Classical Association. I recommend joining if you are interested in the jolly side of classics. See their website,www.classicalassociation.org.
Organ Donor Card Appeal
This is a personal appeal on an issue where I have experience from both sides.
Please carry a donor card. And if ever you are in the sad position of having to decide whether to agree to organ donation from someone close to you, please consider the good you may do. Honour their wishes if they carry a card. If not, then it is your choice; please use the opportunity. I understand just how hard it is at the time – but I can also tell you, because I have had to do it, that afterwards you will feel glad you took the decision to say yes.
Lives can be saved or dramatically improved by organ transplants. From childhood, I had a rare eye condition called keratoconus. Eventually I needed a corneal transplant – not often mentioned when organ donation is discussed, though in fact one donor can save the sight of two people. Being able to see, without discomfort, helps me to write. A stranger’s generosity freed me from years of pain and anxiety. I was never able to thank my donor or their relatives, but I shall always remember them. Every time you read one of my books, you too are a beneficiary of their gift to me.