Christmas books – 15 months after I retired, I have four books published. My next, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Diplomacy” is due on 12 April 2023.
I retired on 12 September 2021 after 42 years as a civil servant and diplomat. It’s been busy since then.
Christmas books: the thrillers
Of my three published thrillers, two have had new covers recently:
Eternal Life, my first novel, is a speculative comedy thriller set in California, New York, London and Vienna. Blood Summit is a hard-hitting Berlin thriller with a feisty female hero. Palladium combines the conquest of Istanbul in 1453 with a blood-curdling attack on the modern-day city – and has both male and female protagonists, the latter with the hardest head in the world.
Christmas books: Seven Hotel Stories
I had enormous fun recently at a book club in Wimbledon when I read the opening of “Britches”, the first – and possibly raunchiest – of the seven stories in the volume. The response was terrific – and not just because by then we had all had a few glasses of wine. Seven Hotel Stories remains one of my favourites – a great Christmas book for anyone who likes to see men getting what they deserve for behaving badly.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Diplomacy
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Diplomacy – Wie Diplomatie die Welt Erklärt (how diplomacy explains the world) will be published in German by Czernin Verlag, Vienna, on 12 April 2023. It’s a series of essays about diplomacy and what lessons we can learn. I hope it will be a terrific read. I’ve been talking to the translator this week about some of the finer points of the text – she seems quietly brilliant.
I am working on an English-language edition – watch this space for more on that. Maybe one for Christmas 2023?
What’s happening next?
I hope to spend January in Bali (or Lombok), where my son Owen has been recently. My plan is to snorkel with some turtles, and work on my new, scary thriller, working title “M.A.D.” Wish me luck.
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