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Progress Report June ’21

That time again already? Honestly, it’s been a slow couple of months. Lot of tedious administrative stuff to do, and I’ve been grinding away in a rather unsatisfactory manner on the new book, but I’m trying not to worry too much about it and let it take as long as it takes. If there’s one lesson I’ve learned it’s that you won’t always feel happy with a first draft, but there’s nothing that can’t be fixed, revised, or for that matter cut or replaced when you’ve finished your first pass and you can see the shape of the whole thing in front of you. So try not to hyperventilate when a given day’s work doesn’t rock the world…

US and UK covers are out there in the world now. I’ve been signing a bunch of signature sheets for the US and I’ll probably be heading to the distributor in Oxford to sign a couple of thousand for the UK. Hard to believe that The Wisdom of Crowds is going to be getting out into the bookshops in less than 3 months. Seems only yesterday A Little Hatred was meeting the readers. I was looking forward to heading up to London in the middle of July for a first meeting in a year or two with the publisher, but sadly it’s been commuted to Zoom. Still hoping to be doing in person events in September, but the way things are with the pandemic at the moment nothing can be certain…

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Progress Report April ’21

The progress report is a couple of days late, this time around, probably because I could hardly believe that May has come around so quickly. Honestly not a huge amount to report. UK cover of The Wisdom of Crowds was revealed, and the US cover is pretty much finished and should be revealed soon. I’ve […]

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Progress Report February ’21

In some ways a strange, slow period at the start of the year. As lockdown drags on into infinity, and with the kids at home all the time, I must admit it’s sometimes difficult to make headway. So it’s nice that The Age of Madness is very close to finished. The final instalment, The Wisdom of […]

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2020 in Review

Well, it’s New Year’s Eve, so I guess I must be 46 today, and what a strange and messed up year 2020 has been. I’ve been able to stick to my plans for The Age of Madness but other than that all bets have been off, and with new strains of Covid appearing and tougher lockdowns coming […]

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Progress Report October ’20

So the Trouble With Peace is out. You think something’s so far off it’ll never happen, then before you know it, it’s fading rapidly into the past. Went well, overall, I think, given that Covid has rather messed up the normal operation of the book trade. We managed to do take some events online, which […]

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Progress Report August ’20

Believe it or not, The Trouble With Peace is out in two short weeks, and the US and UK hardcovers are both in my possession: UK art by Tomas Almeida, US by Sam Weber and Lauren Panepinto, and both beautiful in their own pleasingly distinct and different ways. Promotion ramps up, as you’d imagine. You […]

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Progress Report June ’20

Turbulent times to say the least.  What with one thing and another there have been many distractions from work over the last couple of months, but things crawl forward nonetheless. The Trouble With Peace is now proof-read and its covers released, which means it’s absolutely, totally and completely done.  Always a strange moment – there are […]

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Progress Report April ’20

Damn it, I’m a day late with my progress report, but then I’m having some trouble remembering what month it is lately, let alone what day of the month.  Strange times, it hardly needs to be said.  The strangest I’ve ever lived through.  On one level it puts one’s worries in previous times in perspective, […]

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Progress Report February ’20

Ah, the months march on, and so does the work. Had a great trip to Spain for the release of A Little Hatred over there, and did a whole lot of press. For some reason, though there are certainly places I sell more books, I’m more in demand for interviews in Spain than I am […]

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2019 in Review

This, I believe, and I say it with a heavy heart, is my TENTH annual review. Ten years this blog has been (somewhat fitfully) running. Which means, and I say this with an even heavier heart, that I should probably be doing a review of the decade, but I flatly refuse to do that, since […]

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