Lindsey’s News

News

In 2019 my resolution was to slow down. That failed to work! This year I have a few uncertainties so I am not making resolutions…

I am excited that Andante Travel are adding a Falco and Albia in Britain tour in 2020; they have pressed me for two, in addition to Falco’s Rome which we are repeating in September. See the Events page for dates and consult Andante if you are interested.

Towards the end of last year I wrote pieces for two new anthologies that you may like to look for. First, people who are signed up for the Hodders Lindsey Davis newsletters will know I revisited my award of the Premio Colosseo in A Love Letter to Europe, produced by the Coronet imprint to lament Britain leaving Europe. As I have spent my life as an author writing and visiting Italy, it won’t surprise you that I think of myself as European.

Another contribution will be in a Howdunnit book that’s being produced by the famous Detection Club; more details when we know its publication date later this year. I wrote on style. I think my chapter is very stylish – but I would say that.

Work in Progress

Pandora's Boy Cover

The Grove of the Caesars is now in production for 2020. It changes to a gardens theme and is set across the river in the Transtiberina.

I am now writing the next, the ninth in the Albia series, which is set at Saturnalia. I wanted to call it Oh Nuts! but surprisingly this has been disallowed. I researched it by living through Christmas of course. Since the eighth is a dark book about serial killing, this one ought to be lighter, but be warned: its title is A Comedy of Terrors.

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.

The USA Falco Gap

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

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, Nemesis, The Ides of April, Enemies at Home, Deadly Election, Invitation to Die and The Grove of the Caesars.

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.

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!