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Work in Progress

Pandora's Boy Cover

The sixth Albia book, Pandora’s Boy, is now written and in production. It had a title from the start, which I believe helped make it cohesive. The seventh has a title too, rather surprisingly. Plans to cut down on travel and so forth this year have not come about so I am now trying to write the book early. This requires me to change the habits of fifty years…

You may recall that The Third Nero was subject to dispute, which is why it has a subtitle, and its UK jacket seemed so obscure to me we had a competition for the best explanation: and the results are here.

I have noticed that more and more of you are saying you were leery of Albia at first, but now you like her – even to the point of liking her more than Falco. (We are not telling him.) This is lovely for me, especially as I am having huge fun writing the books.

A Giveaway

Sometimes in the past we have had simple book auctions, but I want to try something different: My cupboard is overflowing with spare book copies and here’s an offer: Anyone who makes a donation of at least £10 to Fishbourne Roman Palace may then send me their postal details for a signed book as a thank you from me.

Anyone who makes a donation of at least £10 to Fishbourne Roman Palace may then claim a signed book as a thank you from me.

Donate at https://sussexpast.co.uk/shop/fishbourne-roman-palace-donation Please use Giftaid if you can. But NB the books come from me so you must then send an email with your address to me.

I will contribute P&P, any destination, one per person, and titles only while available, mainly: Shadows in Bronze, Venus in Copper, The Iron Hand of Mars, The Accusers, Ode to a Banker, Alexandria, Nemesis, The Ides of April, Enemies at Home, Deadly Election.

Who Are You Now?

Ten years ago I asked for your help in a survey, so I would know what the range of my readers was. This was interesting for me, but also on occasions very useful. Thanks to everyone who took part (or took part again!) the results are here.

Readers choices To be memorialised on the website, send your favourite lines from Enemies at Home, The Third Nero, The Spook Who Spoke Again or Vesuvius By Night.

Future Work

Some readers seem confused and think I have stopped writing. No, reports of this are premature. Are they even orchestrated by jealous rivals? The new challenge for me is to write 20 Albia books to match the 20 Falcos – though that means 14 more and even if I keep up the pace I’ll be 81 when I finish…

However, I am doing my best. I have a Personal Trainer (Marcus) and sometimes even remember to go for my sessions at the right time. I watch TV programmes about exercise, while eating my dinner and sipping wine. I sleep, I go on irritable rampages, I don’t hear the doorbell if I am in the bath, I am a classic pensioner. 81 should be a doddle.

Contract News

There is more good news. In addition to Spain, Italy and the Czech Republic which I told you about previously, I am delighted that in Turkey Alfa Yayinlari have agreed to publish the first three of the Albia series.

Classical Association

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.