Time (and print deadlines) wait for no man…

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This is a hard blog to write. So before I get into it a little bit, here are the headline facts: Department 19: Zero Hour is being delayed by two months. It will now be published in the UK on the 29th May, with the paperback publishing in January 2015. Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada, the ...

Revealed…

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Since I've nearly finished writing it, it's publishing in just over six months (*panics*), and people keep asking me about it, here is the cover for the fourth book in the Department 19 series: Pretty damn cool, huh? And yes, those are bear traps... :)

Department 19 gets animated

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In the summer, my UK publishers HarperCollins asked me to write a (very) short three-part D19 story that they could adapt into a series of animated graphic novels - we've done a lot of videos in the past, and they were keen to try and find a new way to bring the books to life ...

New UK paperback covers

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Am deep into the writing of D19 book four (which will have a title and a cover soon, I promise!) but as these have now started popping up on retail sites, I thought I'd give you a good look at the new covers for the UK paperback editions of the series. Battle Lines is published ...

A small fix of Larissa

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So my posting here has been woeful of late - I've been moving a house and trying to keep the momentum up on DEPARTMENT 19: UNTITLED BOOK FOUR and everything else has fallen a bit by the wayside. Apologies - there'll be more stuff posted here throughout the rest of the year, I promise... Anyway. I'm ...

Introducing…

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The winners of The Guardian Hot Key Books Young Writers Prize were announced this morning, the climax of an almost year-long search for the best novels by young unpublished writers around the world. Here they are, with synopses from the Hot Key press release... VIVIAN VERSUS THE APOCALYPSE by Katie Coyle A chilling vision of a contemporary USA ...

If you go down to the woods…

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As part of the launch of Battle Lines, my UK publisher HarperCollins asked me to write a trilogy of short scripts, that they planned to turn into animated comic strips. I did so in and around the final proofread of Battle Lines, which means I barely recall writing them, although I do remember my editor ...

Iain Banks

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I've never met Iain Banks. And the statement he released yesterday, full of his characteristic humour and dignity, suggests I never will (although I won't be uncrossing my fingers until I'm reading an obituary). I know plenty of people who have met him, though, including a few who know him well. And they describe exactly what you ...

Battle Lines is out there – SPOILER THREAD!

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Department 19: Battle Lines is published today in the UK, in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and in English bookshops all over the world next month, and copies are already out there in a few places. IT'S FINALLY OUT! Which means people are already reading it. Which is incredibly exciting :) But also means we're heading into spoiler territory. So here's ...