Lindsey’s News

News

2022 is a milestone for my Roman series, with publication of the tenth Flavia Albia story, making a long total of 30 books in the extended and linked Falco and Albia series. Back in the 1980s I certainly never expected anything like this! I have told my publishers I cannot guarantee to be here for the 40 books anniversary – though my Business Plan is to do so. Marcus, my trainer, knows it is his responsibility to get me there physically with his potent mix of stretches, weights, and red wine to kill pain, while Oliver and Euan, my editor and agent, are charged with keeping my spirits up through battling arguments and merry lunches. With luck at least one of these boys will be around to push the wheelchair and cut the anniversary cake in 2032.

It’s hoped that the easing of lockdown will allow more marketing events now. Full details are always on my Events page. Listen with Lindsey has turned into a friendly online book club, which I’m intending to continue. Online events have become the norm, especially for libraries, although more personal appearances are being planned for 2022; I am now too old for hard travelling in the UK so organisers have to work with me on that. The 2021 Andante tour, Falco’s Britannia went ahead very successfully so more tours and also Study Days at Fishbourne Roman Palace, have been cautiously arranged for this year. I was pleased that as online events became more familiar, I was able to make contact outside the UK last year with the USA and even Australia – though the time difference can pose problems.

It’s been a joy to know how many of you are reading and re-reading the books, so I hope you will keep doing so, while I try to keep the entertainment coming.

Maps

After I thought nobody used it, readers have now demanded reinstatement of the Maps section – so I’ve brought it up to date and we are putting it back! As always this shows it worthwhile letting me know about any concerns you have.

READERS’ CHOICE To be memorialised on the website, send your favourite lines from any of my books that don’t have a reader’s favourite quotation already.

Work in Progress

Desperate Undertaking is a gruesome story (being based on real events people saw in Roman theatres) so I am now working on a story about a nice quiet Roman family… Well, that’s what they call themselves…

Contract News

After the good news of reissued titles in Sweden and Germany, I am very pleased to say Tympanum are to do audiobooks of the first three Falco books in the Czech Republic. This is encouraging – though for all overseas languages it remains difficult to obtain translations of new titles. I am sorry not to have better news on that.

In response to many requests, I am working with my publisher to see if we can do an anthology of my downloadable novellas in printed form. Slow going, but watch this space…

Second Hand / Used Books

 Until now, authors have only been able to receive royalty payments on sales of new books. The market for used books is growing so much that by 2025 it is estimated to be worth £563 million in the UK alone. Writers could only watch in dismay. AuthorSHARE – a partnership between World of Books and Bookbarn International – aims to rebalance this in favour of the author. It’s the same idea that has been tried for works of art when they are resold. It works; after the first six months I have received the price of a bottle of champagne to celebrate! It is hoped that other book sellers will join in, but until they do, those of you who buy books second hand, whether mine or other authors’, may like to favour these two companies!

Falco's Alter ImageFalco’s Altar

Although I famously don’t twitter, by a circuitous route I discovered that while in Britain MD Falco, the legionary scout, dedicated an altar: I[ovi] O[ptimo] M[aximo] M[arcus] DID[ius] FALCO SPEC[ulator] LEG[ionis] II AVG[ustae] V[otum] S[olvit] L[ibens] M[erito] To the god Jupiter, best and greatest, Marcus Didius Falco, Scout serving in the Second Augustan Legion, willingly and deservedly fulfilled his vow. Negotiating with the gods seems a bit out of character, but nice stonework! Reproduced with kind permission from Mike Leaning. [add altar photo]

Contract News

I am very pleased to say that Bokförlaget Polaris are to republish as ebooks the three Falco novels that were previously available in Sweden. Coming on top of Dotbooks republishing my German titles, this is encouraging – though for all overseas languages it remains difficult to obtain translations of new titles.

Meanwhile there is a special kiosk edition of Pandora’s Boy in Spain.

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 http://sussexpast.co.uk/please-donate-now. 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.

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

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!