It's two weeks to publication of BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR and a first review from Donald Trelford, former Editor of The Observer - "...the most gripping of the Clifton Chronicles yet. The tension and the build-up are terrific, and kept this reader on the edge of his seat. Reminded me of John Buchan, and for me, there can be no higher praise."
On Sunday, I woke up to the New York Times Best Sellers List, showing the first three books in The Clifton Chronicles series have got onto the E-book and combined print and e-book lists at the same time - something I haven't achieved before, and I hope augurs well for the fourth book, Be Careful What You Wish For, coming out on March 13th.
My publishers, Pan Macmillan, came up with the exciting idea to have the book published around the world in the same week, and it's particularly pleasing to have the American edition out at the same time as the UK, India, Australia and South Africa. But with only three weeks to go, and lots of pre-publication work to do, it's going to be a packed three weeks before I return to Mallorca to continue work on book five.
On Thursday evening, having just arrived back from Mallorca, I went to the Donmar to see a play about Kevin Pietersen, the story of a man who kept winning battles, they threw him out, so he went away and turned on them. The play was called Coriolanus and was written over 400 years ago by William Shakespeare. What a magnificent performance was given by Tom Hiddleston in the lead role, and I thought Mark Gatiss as Menenius and Deborah Findlay as Volumnia, were quite outstanding. And if Mark Stanley needs a change of career at any point in the future, he'd make an wonderful deputy for Bob Crow!