Work in Progress
I have been pleased that once readers gave the Albia a series a try, most say that they like her and accept that this is Albia’s series. She has her own voice, her interests, her personal history. She mentions her family plenty of times and, given that details of Falco and Helena’s relatives and so forth emerged over 20 books, you have to expect the same kind of pace in catching up. It has to be relevant to the new story.
There is new information in Enemies at Home. And more will follow in the third book which is what I am writing now.
Special Book Auction
Twenty five years ago I started writing my Falco books, without ever having been to Italy. My first serious visit with an archaeologist guide was to the Bay of Naples, a tour led by Stephen Greep. Of course I have been very many times since, but that was special. I was researching the book that would become Shadows in Bronze, but since that wasn’t even written, as a thank you I gave Steven a copy of The Silver Pigs – yes the famous sought-after original UK hardback that now sells for ridiculous sums. Sidgwick and Jackson, ISBN 0-283-99842-3. It was suitably inscribed, so it’s unique. Stephen has now made a generous offer to auction his copy for charity. I will provide a note giving its history. Bids in pounds sterling can be made HERE. The auction ends at midnight on Sunday 27th April after publication of Enemies at Home.
There is a reserve. I will contact the successful bidder for their details and the copy will be sent by registered post on safe receipt of the money by cheque or PayPal. Proceeds will be donated to the Imperial Cancer Research Fund.
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.