29th October 2018
'One Life' is the working title of my new novel and is the second prequel to the Teacher series and set in the 1960s. I’ve sent the first draft to my editor and look forward to her reaction! It is a follow-up to the first prequel, ‘Starting Over’, published in July and set in the 1950s.
The new book is intended to capture the essence of the time. The research has including sixties culture, the assassination of John Kennedy and the emergence of the Beatles on the popular music scene. I've enjoyed the change of focus and I do hope my regular readers enjoy stepping back in time when some of the popular characters, including a youthful Vera the Secretary and a teenage Ruby, were living in the village long before they appeared in 'Teacher, Teacher!' set in 1977/78. Publication is expected to be in July 2019.
Meanwhile . . . many thanks to everyone who went out and purchased a copy of ‘Starting Over’. Recently I made an audio recording of this novel at the Soundings Studio in Whitley Bay and this should be available shortly. The Corgi edition of this novel will be published on 10th January 2019.
Following the award of the honorary title of Cultural Fellow of York St John University I am required to give a series of lectures over the coming years and earlier this year I delivered ‘The Art of Paperback Writing’ to a large audience at the University. The lecture was open to the public and I should be back next year so look out for advertising.
I’ve just agreed to take part in a special event in Milton Keynes on Saturday 17thNovember. The dynamic Waterstones events manager, Nikki Bloomer, has organised an exciting ‘Christmas Extravaganza’ at the two Waterstones stores in The Centre. The popular best-selling author, Carole Matthews, will be signing books in the Midsummer Boulevard store while I’ll be signing from 12 noon onwards in the Silbury Arcade bookshop. I’m told there will be choirs and lots of festive fun so do call in if you’re in the area.
Also sincere thanks to the countless readers, particularly those from Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada, who have emailed me saying how much they enjoyed the latest novel. Recently, I've received a number of emails from partially sighted readers who are enjoying the audio editions of the Teacher series . . . including one lady who lives in a remote area of Australia 1,000 km from the nearest bookshop! So thank you . . . it is rewarding to think my stories are providing some relaxing entertainment in your lives.
In the meantime very best wishes and happy reading.