Merry Christmas

Christmas tree decorated

Wishing all my readers a very Merry Christmas, and a peaceful and prosperous New Year. And to all those who’ve been kind enough to ask, COMETH THE HOUR will be with you on 25th February 2016.  

Handing in the book

Mari, line editing 2015

I’ve finally come to the end of COMETH THE HOUR, book six of The Clifton Chronicles, after a long session with my line editor, who discovered, among other things, that Lady Virginia was invited to a lunch at Harry’s Bar, and then a few pages later, the lunch took place at Mark’s Club….a simple mistake, but the sort of thing … Read More

Paperback publication & No.1

Cometh the Hour UK

I am thrilled to learn that Mightier Than The Sword in paperback is No.1 for the second week running on the Sunday Times Bestsellers List – many thanks to all my readers.  And this morning, I handed in the final draft of COMETH THE HOUR, the sixth volume in The Clifton Chronicles series, which will be published on 25 February next … Read More

Politics and Publishing

What a strange fortnight it’s been. I don’t know about you, but three weeks of opinion polls continually indicating it would be neck and neck between Labour and the Conservatives, had utterly convinced me that we would end up with two parties trying to form a government – but the British people decided otherwise.  It gave me particular pleasure to … Read More

Appeal for Kane & Abel (hardback) missing dates


I am still searching for confirmation of the 3rd, 4th and 6th impression dates of KANE & ABEL in Hardback only. If you have an old copy of Kane & Abel, would you please check on the inside left page where it will say when the book was printed, and which impression it is eg. First printed 1979, seventh impression … Read More

India Book Tour

bookstore 15

I’ve just returned to the UK from a gruelling book tour in India – five cities in seven days: Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Kolkata. The surprise on this occasion was Pune, where Crossword’s flagship store was packed on three levels, and for the first time in my life, I failed to finish a signing session. However, I was not … Read More

2015 – off to a running start

Sorry not to have written a blog for so long, but I’ve been away writing the next book in The Clifton Chronicles series. I came back to the most hectic schedule in the run-up to the global publication of MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD in a week’s time. The last ten days before publication are always filled with interviews and promotions … Read More