Today I stumbled upon a transcript of a talk that Gerald Seymour did with the late Terry Pratchett back in November 2001. I thought it might make interesting reading as we await the next novel.
You can find the transcript at theguardian.com.
Just a spot of context. 9/11 had just happened and the most recent Gerald Seymour book published was his 20th, The Untouchable, in August that year (if I recall correctly).
It is interesting to see Gerald Seymour say he had no idea where things were going after 9/11. Pratchett also mentions Gerald’s previous novel Holding the Zero and makes reference to a movie about a sniper called Enemy at the Gates which was out that year.
I’m just stunned that 2001 was 14 years ago! How on earth did that happen?
A new listing has appeared on Amazon for a book titled No Mortal Thing. Here’s the blurb…
Two young men -Jago and Marcantonio – both studying business and finance:
Jago is a kid from a rough part of London who has worked hard to get a job in a bank and is now on a fast-track secondment to the Berlin office.
Marcantonio is one of the new generation in the Ndrangheta crime families from Calabria, Southern Italy. He is in Germany to learn how to channel their illicit millions towards legitimate businesses all over Europe.
When Jago witnesses Marcantonio commit a vicious assault and the police seem uninterested, the Englisman refuses to let the matter drop.
But by pursuing the gangster to his grandfather’s mountain lair, Jago is stepping into the middle of a delicate surveillance operation, which sets alarm bells ringing in Rome, London and Berlin.
It also leads him to Consolata, a young woman who sees in Jago the chance to turn her non-violent protest campaign against the crime families into something altogether more lethal…
NO MORTAL THING is novel of relentless power and mounting suspense, a brilliant portrayal of organised crime in Europe and the under-resourced men and women who fight it.
No Mortal Thing is due for publication by Hodder books on 2 July 2015.
Just a quick alert that The Works has the paperback of The Outsiders for just £1.99 in store or online.
Well worth picking up a copy if you don’t already have the book.
Time for a quick reminder that tomorrow, 17 July, marks the UK publication of Gerald Seymour’s 31st novel, Vagabond.
Readers in the Hampshire area have a chance to meet Gerald Seymour next Wednesday. See the details below.
Meet the Author ~ Gerald Seymour
Petersfield Library, Hampshire.
Wednesday 23 July, 7.30pm.
Call 01730 267806
We’re delighted to welcome Gerald Seymour. Harry’s Game, published in 1975 and subsequently made into a series for television, was an instant bestseller. Gerald has since published a book every year.
‘Vagabond’ marks a return to Northern Ireland, his first book to be set there since the Good Friday agreement was put in place. His novels are all originally researched with carefully constructed observation and brilliant characterisation.
Gerald was a reporter for ITN covering stories including The Troubles, Vietnam, the Great Train Robbery and The Munich Olympics Massacre. He featured in the Oscar winning documentary ‘One Day in September’.
Come and hear Gerald in conversation about his fascinating career, from reporter to novelist.
Sad news. It has been announced that Harry’s Game actor Ray Lonnen has died.
Read the BBC News article here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-28307388
Ray Lonnen also appeared in the ITV drama series The Sandbaggers which was a realistic look at how the intelligence services worked in Britain during the Cold War. Highly recommended.
I have added my review of vagabond to the site. You can read my review at www.geraldseymour.co.uk/vagabond. The book is published on 17 July 2014. Thanks to Hodder for my review copy.
Earlier this year I re-read At Close Quarters. Now I have finally got around to updating my comments of the book. You can read them on the At Close Quarters page.
Just a quick alert that The Works have two more Gerald Seymour reissue paperbacks for the bargain price of £1.99 each. The two books in question are The Journeyman Tailor and Holding the Zero. Both are well worth picking up at that price.
The books can either be found in branches of the shop or can be ordered on their website at www.theworks.co.uk.