I’ve just returned from Mallorca where I was finishing the final draft of Heads You Win, and have sent it to my publishers. This is my first novel for two years, and my first stand-alone novel for ten. I haven’t worked on anything as demanding since Kane and Abel, and am very excited about the way it has worked out. … Read More
Wishing all my readers a very Merry Christmas and a successful and happy New Year. By this time next year, we should know if we’ve won the battle of Brexit, not to mention the World Cup. Let’s hope our cricketers can fare better against India and Pakistan, than they’ve managed against Australia. I won’t be posting much between now and … Read More
I was delighted to be awarded a Golden Pan at Foyles on Tuesday evening, one of the industry’s very first author awards, for sales of more than one million copies of ONLY TIME WILL TELL. It was a great evening with all my Pan Macmillan publishing team past and present. Here I am with the Lean in 15 author, Joe … Read More
Congratulations to Andy McNab for being awarded a CBE for services to literacy and charity. I’m puzzled why David Cornwell, Ian McEwan and Julian Barnes haven’t had knighthoods, when we have at least 16 theatre knights and 11 theatre dames. Perhaps all three turned it down?
This week I’ve done two auctions, two nights in a row. On Wednesday evening I was at London Zoo in Regent’s Park raising money for their Save the Rhino appeal, and last night I was at a Le Mans dinner at the Hurlingham Club, to do the auction for Hope for Tomorrow. I didn’t get home until almost midnight on … Read More
Tomorrow, Thursday 18 May, is UK publication day for THIS WAS A MAN in paperback. When I was a child, the paperback used to outsell the hardback 5 to 1, because retailers weren’t allowed to discount the jacket price, or offer deals. But now, while the hardback jacket price was £20, the high street shops and supermarkets were selling it … Read More
I’ve just returned from a ‘shakedown’ cruise on the liner, Viking Sky. For those who don’t know – and I didn’t – a shakedown is when a ship is tested on its first run with passengers. Mary and I were among the guests of Tors Hagen, the dynamic owner of the Viking Line, and we, like his other guests, were … Read More
A huge THANK YOU to all my readers who’ve sent me so many kind and generous messages about THIS WAS A MAN, the final volume in the Clifton Chronicles. I was thrilled that the book went straight to #1 on the Sunday Times Bestseller list, and also to #1 in India, South Africa and New Zealand. I had a very … Read More