Monday, 25 July 2016
Friday 29 July 3.00-3.45pm
Samantha Shannon, Ben Aaronovitch, V E Schwab
Venue: YALC main stage
Other panellists: Samantha Shannon, V E Schwab, Katherine Webber (chair)
Three of the biggest names in fantasy fiction today come together for a panel discussion exploring their writing, and their alternative visions of London with host Katherine Webber.
Friday 29 July 4.00-6.00pm
Book signing session
Venue: YALC signing area
Tuesday, 19 July 2016
DIAMOND PREVIEW TOMORROW
BLACK MOULD ISSUE #1
Writers: Ben Aaronovitch & Andrew Cartmel
Artist: Lee Sullivan
It creeps! It crawls! It ooooozes! Something dark and slimy is dripping through the walls of suburban London. Not usually a police matter but there's something very weird about this mould. Police Constable Peter Grant and his unwilling partner, Sahra Guleed, soon find themselves knee deep in killer muck! Meanwhile, their boss, Thomas Nightingale, is preparing to do battle against a haunted ice cream van. Good times.
Rivers of London: Black Mould #1
|Cover A: Claudia Caranfa|
|Cover B: Lee Sullivan / Luis Guerrero|
|Cover C: Anna Dittmann|
Cover D: Arianna Florean
|Cover E: Ben Templesmith|
Tuesday, 28 June 2016
Coming in October
Toby and the Folly Gang face their biggest mystery ever.
Although to be honest my money's on the culprit being Old Man Smithee who would have got away with it too if it hadn't been for those meddling kids.
Tuesday, 21 June 2016
Wednesday, 15 June 2016
Friday, 10 June 2016
Friday, 3 June 2016
Wednesday, 1 June 2016
My friend James Swallow has a book out this Thursday, I read it long before it was published and enjoyed it immensely (see pullquote) and read it again now that it's coming out and enjoyed it even more.
Published by Bonnier Zaffre.
WHERE DO YOU TURN WHEN YOUR COUNTRY TURNS ON YOU?
Marc Dane is a MI6 field agent at home behind a computer screen, one step away from the action. But when a brutal attack on his team leaves Marc as the only survivor - and with the shocking knowledge that there are traitors inside MI6 - he's forced into the front line.
But when the evidence seems to point towards Marc as the perpetrator of the attack, he is accused of betraying his country and must race against time to clear his name.
With nowhere to turn to for help and no one left to trust, Marc is forced to rely on the enigmatic Rubicon group and their operative Lucy Keyes. Ex-US Army, Lucy also knows what it's like to be an outsider, and she's got the resources that Marc is sorely lacking.
A terrorist attack is coming, one bigger and more deadly than has ever been seen before. With the eyes of the security establishment elsewhere, only Lucy and Marc can stop the attack before it is too late...
A DEVASTATING TERRORIST ATTACK IN CENTRAL BARCELONA.
AN ELITE UNIT FATALLY AMBUSHED IN NORTHERN FRANCE.
A SINISTER ORPHANAGE IN THE HEART OF THE DESERT.
A TRAITOR BURIED IN THE BRITISH SECURITY SERVICES.
Only one man can unmask the conspiracy - but only if he survives long enough...
'An intelligent, likable and, above all, believable hero is faced with a frighteningly credible threat in a thriller that hits the tarmac running and doesn't stop accelerating until its terrifying conclusion.'
- Ben Aaronovitch
'A terrific white-knuckle, lip-chewing thriller. Marc Dane is the British Jason Bourne. About bloody time!'
- Rhianna Pratchett, WGA Award-winning writer of Tomb Raider and Mirror's Edge.
'Exciting and thought-provoking in equal measure, NOMAD is a thinking reader's white knuckle thrill ride. James Swallow has written a benchmark technothriller for the 21st century, one that's as engrossing as it is plausible.'
- Richard Dansky, Central Tom Clancy writer on Splinter Cell, Ghost Recon, Rainbow Six and The Division.
It is buyable from Amazon here.
Friday, 20 May 2016
Wednesday, 18 May 2016
Friday, 13 May 2016
Monday, 9 May 2016
Andrew Cartmel is one of my closest friends and gave me first writing job and has a book out tomorrow.
Now I actually read each chapter as it was written and by the end I had to taken to calling Andrew and begging him to get a move on.
So despite the fact that this is a friend and a colleague I want to say - this is a really good book and you might want to give it a whirl.
I particularly like Tinkler's coma, the cats, the Aryan assassins and the high quality red herrings that will have you second guessing the resolution until the last chapter.
BLURB FROM THE PUBLISHER
He is a record collector — a connoisseur of vinyl, hunting out rare and elusive LPs. His business card describes him as the “Vinyl Detective” and some people take this more literally than others.
Like the beautiful, mysterious woman who wants to pay him a large sum of money to find a priceless lost recording — on behalf of an extremely wealthy (and rather sinister) shadowy client.
Given that he’s just about to run out of cat biscuits, this gets our hero’s full attention. So begins a painful and dangerous odyssey in search of the rarest jazz record of them all…
AVAILABLE IN ALL GOOD BOOSTORES AND ONLINE VIA THE USUAL SUSPECTS
Friday, 6 May 2016
Wednesday, 4 May 2016
The Almost Perfect People
Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia
By Michael Booth
I've been to Sweden and it's hard to square such a pleasant country with the cascade of gloomy chunky jumper wearing detectives that invade our television and bookshops.
And given that every new scandinoir conjures up a seedy world of moral compromise, secret historical shame and the certainty that society is in a state of terminal decline just why, in survey after survey, do the people of the region vote themselves the happiest in the world.
Michael Booth who is both married to a Dane and living in Denmark sets out to examine the roots of this contradiction. He tackles each Nordic country in turn, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Finland in turn - providing a useful insight into their history, culture and idiosyncrasies.
The blurb, misleadingly, stresses the 'hidden dark side' of the Nordic utopia but the book is in fact much more balanced and nuanced than that. Less schadenfreude and more wry humour.