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05/02/14:

And so it goes. More news on the elusive appearance

of The Evil Thereof soon ... [terms and conditions

apply, share values may increase or decrease, 

definitions of 'soon' and 'early' may vary] ...

 

 

25/11/13:

OK - and no surprise, probably, to long-term readers

of this page - but the plan to bring out the new book,

The Evil Thereof, during 2013 ran into the traditional

'unforeseen difficulties'. The publication date will now

be early in 2014.

 

Thanks for your patience (understatement of the

year) ...

 

 

18/04/13:

The faint-hearts were starting to stay it would never

happen – but I've now completed the 7th Inspector

Jacobson novel. 

 

The title is The Evil Thereof and it will be published

later this year. 

 

I’ll post publication details/dates when everything's 

finalised. Nearer the great day, there'll also be

uploads of chapter previews, cover art, etc ... 

 

 

12/09/12:

The E-book editions are now on sale (as well as audio

downloads of Envy The Dead and Cut Her Dead). The

Crowby sock-puppet says that they're all the best thing

since Edgar Allan Poe ... 

 

 

14/06/12:

I've reached agreement with Little Brown about E-book 

versions of the six current Inspector Jacobson titles.

These are now in production and will be available

soon in all of the major E-book formats. Paperback

reprints and audio downloads are also in the pipeline.

 

As for the nearly-finished but, by now, quasi-mythical

7th Inspector Jacobson book, expect dramatic news 

(or at least news anyway) before the end of the year ...

 

 

23/01/12:

I did a reading (in English) for Erlesen TV when I

was in Germany recently. It's now online -

you can watch it here ...

 

 

15/12/11:

2011 was certainly another great trading year for

International Greed, Evil and Stupidity PLC. The only

prediction I'm prepared to make right now about

2012 is that the new album from Leonard Cohen,

released at the
end of January, is likely to be a

creative highlight. Thanks to everyone who emailed

in or otherwise said hello in the past twelve

months ...


 

5/09/11:

NEXT LIVE EVENT

Friday 14th October, 7.00pm

"Literarischer Herbst" Festival

Darmstadt

Germany

More information: stadtkirche-darmstadt.de

 

 

16/06/11:

The Scheme, filmed in my home town, began

showing on BBC1 this week. To put it mildly, I'm

unimpressed. The Guardian published my article

about the series on Monday. You can read it here ...  

 

 

05/04/11:

John Le Carré has rattled a few cages by attempting

to refuse his Man Booker nomination. A spokesperson

for Scotland Yard declined to comment as to whether

Mr Le Carré's behaviour constituted an offence under

the 2011 Pop Idol (All Must Enter If Requested) Act ...

 

 

03/03/11:

World Book Night approaches ... I’m still not sold

on the concept that people who don’t buy books

don’t buy them because they don’t know that books

exist :- “Thanks for that, mate. I’ve never seen one

of these ‘ere – whatcha call ‘em? - books before.

Whatcha do wiv it again?" 

 

 

04/02/11:

NEXT LIVE EVENT

Wednesday 16th February, 12.30pm

Coventry Central Library 

(tel 0247 683 2314) -

admission is free but contact the venue if you want

to reserve seats in advance.

 

The new Coventry readers' group are starting

off with Envy The Dead the following week ...

 

 

05/01/11:

The legendary Crowby oracle has been consulted

and propitiated.

The Wise One predicts that 2011 will be the year in

which the 7th Inspector Jacobson novel is

completed ... 

 

 

19/10/10:

NEXT LIVE EVENT

Wednesday 3rd November, 2pm,

Boldmere Library, Birmingham 

(tel 0121 464 1048) -

admission is free but contact the venue if you want

to reserve seats in advance.

 

 

08/09/10:

Kangra Valley 2010

 

Travelling again when - from a careerist point of view

- I should be busy writing. But all work and no play is

as bad for writers as it is for anybody else. And the

good stuff takes its own time anyway ...

 

 

14/07/10:

Henning Mankell took part in the Gaza Aid Flotilla. His

diary of what happened before, during and after the 

ships were boarded by the Israeli military is the most

important piece of writing that any crime novelist will

produce this year. If you haven't read the published

extracts yet, you can access an English-language

version here ...

 

 

16/04/10:

LIVE EVENTS IN MAY AND JUNE 

 

Monday 17th May, 5.45pm,

Bilston Library, Wolverhampton

(tel 01902 556253)

 

Monday 24th May, 6pm,

Coventry Central Library 

(tel 0247 683 2314)

 

Wednesday June 9th, 7.30pm,

Rushden Library, Northants

(tel 01933 312754)

 

Admission is free but contact the venues if you

want to reserve seats in advance.

 

I'll be talking about Crowby, Jacobson and Kerr,  Envy

The Dead, crime fiction versus 'literature', why all good

books are political, why The Wire is better than the

collected works of Martin Amis / Ian McEwan / AS Byatt

stacked together - to name only a few possiblities. 

Plus - mainly - whatever you want to ask. It won't be

the same without you ... 

 

 

08/02/10:

Elmore Leonard's rules for crime fiction include never

opening with the weather. He isn't British so it's not his

fault that he doesn't understand the transcendental

importance of weather. After the snow and the ice

we're now into the traditional cold, grey Crowby

February. A smart time of the year to be a writer of

course: indoor work - and a nice, easy commute.

 

 

07/12/09:

Nearly 2010 – and so time for the official Iain McDowall

Annual Book Awards, 2009. None of them are crime

novels - since I didn’t read any this year. That’s not too

unusual for me and no reflection whatsoever on many

fine books which, I’m sure, other crime authors have

been writing and publishing. When you spend hours a

day wrapped up with your own crime scenarios, you

don't always want to spend your leisure investing in

someone else's. None are brand-new books either (in

fact three were first published last century). Make of

that what you will but these are the books I’ve got the

most out of in the last twelve months. And the results

are :-

 

1) Cormac McCarthy  The Road

 

2) Cormac McCarthy  Blood Meridian

 

   (conventionally, critics still rate Blood Meridian as

   McCarthy’s ‘masterpiece’. It’s a terrific book but The

   Road, produced twenty years later, is even better.

   The same breath-taking techniques are all in

   evidence – but distilled down to their essence and

   honed to perfection)

 

3) John Christopher  The Death of Grass

 

    (a thoroughly dark novel that was a bestseller in the

    1950s – and made me reconsider some assumptions

    about public taste in that era)

 

4) John Prebble  Culloden

 

    (still the definitive account of the British state’s

    original ‘war on terror’ )

 

5) Iain Sinclair  London Orbital

   

    (Sinclair shows that the 'ordinary' is always

     anything but)

 

My gig of the year -  by a wide margin - was the last night

of the Fall tour at the Assembly in Leamington, definitely

one of the UK's cooler venues.

 

See you in the new decade ...

 

 

19/10/09:

Quite a few readers have been in touch to ask me about

the 'battle of the beanfield' which gets a brief mention in

Envy The Dead. In answer to the basic recurrent

question, yes, the Wiltshire 'battle' really happened.

In fact some of the incidents which I put into the fictional

disturbance at the old Crowby airbase in the book have

their origins in eyewitness reports of what  took place in

reality at the 'beanfield'. If you're interested to know

more, there's a Wikipedia entry - and links there to

further sources of information on this topic.  As I've said

before, I became very aware in writing Envy The Dead

of the many connections between the history of the UK

in the 1980s and the history of the UK right now. The

G20 protestors in London back in April this year weren't

the first UK citizens to experience police 'kettling' and

worse - and you'd have to be naïve in the extreme to

believe that they're likely to be the last. Meantime, in

my hometown,  still no news of a successful outcome 

to the David and Goliath struggle against the

multinational fat cats who now own the Johnnie Walker

brand name. 

 

 

07/09/09:

La rentrée, as they say in France - where I spent a

nice, warm chunk of the summer. But now it's

September and back to business in the UK (where I

note neither the weather nor the politics has improved

in my absence). The 7th book is up and running at any

rate - although still without a title. I wrote a piece on

the origins of Envy The Dead for Crime Time magazine

recently - if you want to read it click here. I also gave

an interview to Shots magazine - though (possibly

mysteriously) it hasn't surfaced yet on their website. 

Meantime, in Germany, DTV have just brought out their

translation of Cut Her Dead (Gleich Bist Du Tot) and

made it their crime book of the month. It's nice to be

loved somewhere ...

 

 

27/07/09:

Envy The Dead, the brand-new, sixth case for Inspector

Jacobson and his team was published in UK hardback

on 5th March. If it seems like a relatively long time

since my last book, Cut Her Dead, came out, then that's

because it is: twenty-two months between the two titles

to be precise. But there's other stuff to do in this world:

travel, think, live. So no genuine apologies from me for

the time-gap (you're welcome to some non-genuine

ones if you want them). The UK paperback is released

on 6th August  making it an ideal summer read (unless

of course you planned your summer break for June

or July... ).

 

Envy The Dead is partially set in the 1980s. Writing it, I

was struck by how much of what was going on in Britain

back then continues to reverberate (and illuminate) into

the present day. I've also revealed a bit more of

Jacobson's back-story this time than I've given you

before. 

   

 

Sincerely

Iain

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