Lindsey’s News

News

The Grove of the Caesars was published in the first week of lockdown, so most planned marketing had to be cancelled. I have promised to reschedule cancelled events, but I am categorised as vulnerable, if not in the most endangered group, so I am taking the situation seriously.

I made a video for you, then I became acquainted with Zooming and Skyping. That’s how I sustain my vital personal training and keep in touch with friends. I am badly missing travel, both business and personal, and as I wonder will I ever see Italy again, it comes home just how much that country has become part of my life. I miss theatre, concerts, eating out, the core of my social life. I am hugely disappointed that friends who were due to visit after my deadline now cannot come.

In some ways life ought not to be different: I have always been a writer who works alone. I do like that. But things have changed. There are more interruptions, often people asking am I all right; perhaps they are fond things very hard, or else it leads me to reflect with Albia-like dryness on how sometimes in the past when I wasn’t all right, nobody knew… On rare occasions when I see a human face for real, it means so much I am fascinated by this intrinsic human need.

I was pleased that when the new book was published, people wrote to say it helped them cope with our new life of anxiety. I have always said that is what fiction is for. I am keeping a close watch on when and if books are classified as ‘essential’; some sales have been lost but other platforms are growing, while loans from libraries have shot up so much that a recent report said it might even change the future of libraries, which would be excellent.

At the beginning of May, The Ides of April was listed in The Times as one of the ten best crime novels written by a woman since 2000. This cheered me up ridiculously and was such a nice accolade for Albia when so much attention tends to fasten on her papa. It is true that at my age you need encouragement to continue. Mind you, I have you, my readers, to spur me on with that!

Work in Progress

Pandora's Boy Cover

I am well on with A Comedy of Terrors, though have set myself some challengesthat are slowing me down… Of course I also have to spend a lot of time trying to get a food delivery slot, watching Antiques Road Trip for the third time and also Snooker, where really interesting old matches are being revisited on TV. People I know think this passion of mine is very odd, but snooker has diverse characters, suspense, issues of psychology, staying power and talent, plus a hushed commentary that is just right for the older person falling asleep on the settee…

Future Work

Some readers seem confused and think I have stopped writing. No, reports of this are premature, though in the current crisis we are all looking at our lives more carefully…

I have good news for American readers, who have been asking me about books in the Falco series that have been unavailable to you for much too long. Since it seems no USA publisher wanted these books, we have now licensed ebook versions of five missing titles to Hodder and Stoughton; the digital editions will become available to America in or around April 2019. (NB I think there is still one book missing, due to a licensing glitch, so keep nagging…) Audio editions are already available in the States.

Thanks to a reader pointing out an unnoticed audio gap in the States, the UK audio edition of The Course of Honour has been made available in USA from Audible. (This proves it is always worth writing to me if you encounter a problem.)

Other Contract News

A French company, Libella, has been licensed to reissue as ebooks the Falco novels that were previously published. My Spanish publisher, Ediciones B, has asked to publish further books but unfortunately my Italian publisher, Kogoi, has decided to stop trading. I am sorry we don’t have news of new translations in other countries, but it is always being looked at and I shall tell you if anything happens.

A Giveaway (this still applies, NB)

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, Saturnalia, Nemesis, The Ides of April, Enemies at Home, Deadly Election, The Graveyard of the Hesperides, The Third Nero and A Capitol Death.

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, A Capitol Death, Vesuvius By Night, Invitation to Die or The Grove of the Caesars.

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.

Minimus

MinimusMinumus, the Primary Latin Project  of which I am proud to be a patron, was 20 in 2019 so ‘Io! Three cheers for this brilliant achievement!’

Minimis has his own website where he says: ‘Minimus’ favourite books are the Roman detective novels of Lindsey Davis’ – and, thanks to illustrator Helen Forte, here he is reading one!