Bookmachine Event in Brighton on 6th November – with mince pies and drink!

BM-flyer-2014Oh, and tickets are available here.

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Finished copies of The Very Hungover Caterpillar arrive!


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The Very Hungover Caterpillar cover reveal!

Some of you may remember that last year Constable & Robinson published We’re Going on a Bar Hunt, a parody of Michael Rosen & Helen Oxenbury’s much loved children’s classic.

Newspapers like The Guardian and Telegraph and sites like Huffington Post were kind enough to say things like “hilarious”, “naughty”, “fabulous” and “very funny”.

My writing partner (and wife) Josie Lloyd and I had a tonne of fun writing it and working with super-talented illustrator Gillian Johnson and the people at Constable to turn it into a book, so much fun that we got together and decided to write one more.

The Very Hungover Caterpillar is a parody of the wonderful kids’ classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Here’s the cover… What do you think?

Hungover Cat high res

The Very Hungover Caterpillar follows the quest of one man as he attempts to shake off his hangover, through eating whatever he can get his hands on, and annoying his family in the process.

We hope it’s as much fun as the first one and will get a knowing wink from anyone who fondly remembers the original, but has now grown up and knows all too well just how painful hungover days can be . . .

You can pre-order your copy on Amazon here.

Out on 6th November!

Or share your own book parody titles on Twitter using #bookparodies

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US paperback copies of Wanted now on sale…

Wanted US paperback

Danny Shanklin is the world’s most wanted man.

Hunted by nine international intelligence agencies for a terrorist atrocity he did not commit, he’s now trapped in a deadly race against the clock to protect his life, his family, and the world from the people responsible—people intent on true destruction. For though they framed him, these terrorists are really after a much bigger target: six lethal smallpox formulations, any one of which could trigger a global pandemic, leaving only one in three people alive.

With the help of a Ukrainian mercenary and a ruthless female assassin, Danny soon finds himself forced into the roles of both predator and prey—as he tries desperately to win the fight of his life.

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Dark and Stormy 2014 – we had fun and hope you did too…

Well, that’s it for Dark & Stormy Crime Festival here in Brighton for another year. We had a blast and hope that everyone who came down to support and join in did too.


Heres a little shot from before… setting up the bar in our Friday night party venue The Basement, with plenty of delicious booze from our fabulous drinks sponsors Dark Star Brewing Co. and The Kraken Rum… and generous donations to food and frolics from Pan Macmillan and Headline Publishing.

Survivors Dark & Stormy

& here’s one from after… with that Julia Crouch, Ray Leek & myself… following a wonderful three days of events, starring in no particular order of general epicness Elizabeth Haynes, Lesley Thomson, Lisa Cutts, Laura Lockington, Cadida Lacey, JJ Connolly, Peter James, Natalie Haynes, Lindsey Davis, Ben Wheatley, Barry Forshaw, Tony Parsons, James Naughtie, Tom Rob Smith, Stella Rimingon, Liam Fox, Luke Harding, David Bramwell, Colette McBeth, S J Watson & Danny Miller.

Now to get planning for 2015! For more info on upcoming events, or to get involved yourself, please sign up for our newsletter here.

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Murder on Sea – tonight in Brighton, 8pm

Keith Waterhouse said that Brighton is a town that always looks as if it is helping police with their enquiries.

But why do crime writers continue to set their stories here?


In this chat show-style evening, David Bramwell asks four authors whose books have a Brighton setting: Colette McBethErin KellyDanny Miller and S.J.Watson.

There’ll also be livemusic from the Silver Swans, film clips, readings by actors Tim Crouch and Emma Kilbey, and more.

tim crouch

Tim Crouch

Oh, and plenty of chat in the bar before and after, so do come along for what promises to be a cracking Dark & Stormy night.

Tickets available here.

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How to get published! And what do to next…

Calling all crime fiction fans and aspiring writers! Here in Brighton this weekend, Dark & Stormy brings you three best-selling, prize-winning crime authors – Elizabeth Haynes, Lesley Thomson and Lisa Cutts.


All three authors started their road to publication with Myriad, the prize-winning indie publisher based here in the heart of Brighton, and in this fascinating evening they join Myriad MD Candida Lacey to talk about the role of the independent publisher in establishing genre novelists.

Local author and luminary Laura Lockington hosts.

This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in getting their fiction out there to get tips on how to do just that and what pitfalls to avoid.

The event will be taking place in the beautiful Spiegeltent at 6pm this Friday and you can get tickets here.




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