Lindsey’s News

2018 was quite a hard year so in 2019 my resolution was to slow down. Of course I seemed to do more than ever, but it is all now taking longer. Replying to emails particularly suffers and I do wonder how surprised people are to be answered many moths after they wrote! I’m sorry. I just think you would rather I did make sure I wrote the next book.

This year I reached 70 and October marks 30 years since the first publication of The Silver Pigs. Quite a few of you readers, headed up by Nigel, my official Number One fan, have been with me since those tentative days, so a big thank you for your loyalty. For new readers the challenge is to find the same stamina!

I’m afraid there is nothing I can report on the film option, where there have been a  few hold-ups, but the company remains confident.

I am excited that Andante Travel are adding a Falco and Albia in Britain tour in 2020 (just one to start though I know they are eager to add another date), 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.

Work in Progress

Pandora's Boy Cover

The seventh Albia book, A Capitol Death, was published, completing stories set on the Seven Hills of Rome; The Grove of the Caesars is now written and in production for 2020. It changes to a gardens theme and is set across the river in the Transtiberina.

My new novella about Domitian’s infamous Black Banquet, Invitation to Die, was so well-received I was told it reached position number 5 in all Amazon short stories ever – though I am realistic enough to feel quizzical about the competition.

New contracts have been agreed for two more Flavia Albia books, numbers 8 and 9, in both the UK and US. With the first written, I am thinking about the second, which will probably have a Saturnalia theme; if my proposal is agreed the problem will be finding a title as the obvious one has already been used.

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

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, 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.

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.

Barbara Bell writes: This coming Saturday- Aug.24th- it will be 20 years since the first Minimus book was published! ( Worldwide sales now 174,000 copies)

Since then we have visited the USA 8 times, Germany 4 times, Copenhagen, Ireland – both North and South- Scotland, Wales, all over England ; there have been the 2nd book ( plus Teacher’s Book and CDs), 3 sets of Minibooks, 2 pupils’ workbooks, the Italian, Slovenian and Portuguese versions, the creation of Minimus et cetera– our business selling some publications and pupils’ souvenirs, Minimus the Musical, 2 Minimus days at the British Museum, 1 day at the York Museum, 2 Minidorms, ” Mouseholes,” Advocates, the Mythology competition, ” Mousetrap” ( pupils’ newsletter ) and the recent Minimus weekend at Vindolanda. Thanks to Helen Forte, my wonderful illustrator ,we have our website and Minimus makes regular appearances on Twitter

And ‘Io! Three cheers for this brilliant achievement’ says Lindsey Davis, proud Patron of  Minimus.