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.