A blessing, a curse and a warning

A blessing upon:  the good folk of Lancashire,  Staffordshire and Leicestershire, who apparently borrowed more Ruso books from their libraries than anyone else in the UK in 2008-9.  This isn't really a fair comparison, since I got the figures from the PLR (Public Lending Right) website and they only include the sample libraries chosen for … Continue reading A blessing, a curse and a warning

The thing I hadn’t realised about maps…

...is how political they are. Call me naive (although I'd rather you didn't), but I'd always assumed that a map just - well, showed you what's there. Or what used to be there, when it was drawn up. But no. Choices must be made. This first began to dawn on me when the publishers wanted … Continue reading The thing I hadn’t realised about maps…

It’s out!

Ruso and the Demented Doctor (the British edition of 'Medicus 2') is finally on sale in paperback, under a smart cover featuring a lady with a large knife - see right. Somebody asked me last night whether a paperback gets a 'launch'. Nope - just a quiet smile and an entry on the blog.

Books, books and more books…

Three very different bookshop experiences yesterday. First,  Oxbow books - the history/archaeology specialists. The hub of their postal sales empire has an atmosphere that combines bookshop,  library, and  warehouse.   The display is practical rather than decorative and you have to squint to read the titles in the shadowy regions of the lower shelves  - … Continue reading Books, books and more books…

Divided by a common language

I've recently posted the copy-edited version of Persona Non Grata/Ruso and the Root of All Evils back across the Atlantic to Bloomsbury. Although the books are the same on both sides of the pond, a kindly American copy-editor revises my spelling and suggests amendments for anything which makes no sense to readers across the water. … Continue reading Divided by a common language