October Events


Autumn, season of football, theatre and book launches! This is the month of the Frankfurt Book Fair, of the early Christmas book launches, of Oscar-contending films and ooh, let’s see *riffles through diary* why, the publication of ‘England’s Finest’! Yes, it’s the second volume of Bryant & May’s missing cases, twelve new cases, with all your favourite characters and all very peculiar, with the added bonus for loyal readers of solving the mystery of the body found in the unit’s basement.

It’s also a good starting point for new readers hem hem so perhaps you could take time to recommend it to a hated relative. Also available will be the spiffy paperback of ‘The Lonely Hour’, which apparently just arrived at Random House today, if any of you run book clubs and are after review copies. It’s just coming out in America and is getting some nice reviews.

I’ll be bombing into London for an early start on Friday morning as the city’s first-ever crime writing festival Capital Crime kicks off. I’ll be on the first panel of the festival (no pressure there) with among others, Sophie Hannah, who has taken on the official mantle of the Hercule Poirot books, and we’ll be kicking Agatha Christie’s corpse back to life.

The festival’s line-up is truly extraordinary and I hope it becomes a major fixture in London’s autumn literary calendar.

On the 17th of October I’ll be at one of Britain’s best bookshops, Heffer’s in Cambridge, with the ineffable Barry Forshaw and others. Barry is about to bring out his gigantic ten-years-in-the-making volume on crime writers, more on that when I get my hands on it.

I’ll be signing copies of ‘England’s Finest’ around London, prior to a launch of some kind (probably me nursing a lonely pint in a pub) at the end of the month. More as it comes in.

8 comments on “October Events”

  1. Brooke says:

    Re: Agatha C. As Flannery O’Connor said, let the dead stay dead (and buried!).
    Also in October in US, Book of Forgotten Authors is available, at long last. Can pre-order now via you-know-who.

  2. Helen Martin says:

    “Lonely pint in a pub,” well yes, if you don’t tell anyone where. Good luck with it all. Anxiously awaiting the arrival of my copy – must check the status of my order.

  3. Ian Luck says:

    Good to see use of the ‘Molesworthian’ “Hem, hem.”, Chris.

  4. Trace Turner says:

    I have a great liking for Agatha but Sophie Hannah, no thanks. To paraphrase Dorothy Parker, her work should not be tossed aside lightly, it should be thrown with great force.
    Looking forward to the new book, an early Christmas present to myself.

  5. Jo W says:

    Thought I’d check out Capital Crime…….then I found out the ticket prices. Cor,strike a light, you’re on your own with that one!
    Now,I wonder where you’ll sit with a lonely pint?

  6. admin says:

    Thanks for the heads-up, Brooke – the publisher hasn’t told me!

  7. DebraAnn says:

    My husband and I are massive Christopher Fowler fans. How can I get a copy of England’s Finest in the US to surprise him for Christmas?

  8. admin says:

    No problem, DebraAnn – the book is pre-selling right now for October 31st so you can have it in plenty of time for Christmas from the UK, or get one sent to you from Goldsboro books, which I will have signed and dated!

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