17th May 2019
'Changing Times' is the title of my new novel and will be published on 25th July 2019 and launched in Waterstones Milton Keynes at 6.00 p.m. It is the second prequel to the Teacher series, set in the 1960s and is a follow-up to ‘Starting Over’ that was set in the 1950s.
The new book is intended to capture the essence of the time. The research has included 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 Vera the Secretary and Ruby the Assistant Caretaker, were living in the village long before they appeared in 'Teacher, Teacher!' set in 1977/78.
Meanwhile . . . many thanks to everyone who went out and purchased a copy of ‘Starting Over’. I have made an audio recording of this novel at the Soundings Studio near Newcastle and shall be there again in June to record ‘Changing Times’.
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. My last lecture, entitled 'Paperback Writer', was delivered to an enthusiastic audience so many thanks to the members of the Humanities Department who organised the event.
A book signing schedule for ‘Changing Times’ is being arranged for the summer and so far we have secured signing dates for 25th July in Waterstones MILTON KEYNES, 26th July in Waterstones LEEDS, 27th July in Waterstones YORK, stock signings on 29th July in Waterstones HUDDERSFIELD, BRADFORD and WAKEFIELD, 30th July in Waterstones GLASGOW plus a signing on 3rd August in Waterstones ALTON.
I have also been invited to present ‘An Evening with Jack Sheffield’ on 17th July in Whaddon Village Hall in Buckinghamshire, 26th July in the Harlequin Coffee House in York and 14th September in the Stoke Hammond Community Centre in Buckinghamshire.
Also sincere thanks to the countless readers, particularly those from Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Canada and France, 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.
So thank you . . . it is rewarding to think my stories are providing some relaxing entertainment in your lives.
In the meantime best wishes to you all and happy reading.
Jack recording his latest novel.
Jack with the inspirational author, Matt Haig, on the day Matt received his Doctorate at York St John University.