Saturday, 22 November 2014

Christmas Explained: Robins, Kings and Brussel Sprouts

Available now from Snowbooks (appropriately enough) Christmas Explained: Robins, Kings and Brussel Sprouts is the perfect stocking filler for anyone remotely interested in how the Christmas we celebrate today came to be.

Why do we send cards at Christmas time?
When was there a Frost Fair on the River Thames?
Who is the real Father Christmas?
Why do people build snowmen?

All of these questions, and more, are answered within the pages of Christmas Explained. The book also features an A to Z of Christmas. So don't delay, pick up your perfect Christmas present today!

Friday, 21 November 2014

Gamebook Friday: YOU ARE THE HERO gets a mention on

Last Sunday a piece appeared on about YOU ARE THE HERO, as the aforementioned TV show gets a mention in the latterly mentioned book.

To find out more, click this link. To buy YOU ARE THE HERO (which currently has 33 5-star reviews), click here.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Thought for the Day

"All we have left are irony and sarcasm. And internet memes."

~ Lavie Tidhar, World Fantasy Award-winning author

Friday, 14 November 2014

Gamebook Friday: SciFiNow on YOU ARE THE HERO

"Must read now!"

That's SciFiNow's verdict on YOU ARE THE HERO. The reviewer also gives the book 5 stars, so what more do you need to know?

If you ever enjoyed wiling away an afternoon with a Fighting Fantasy gamebook, then you'll love YOU ARE THE HERO.

Lavie Tidhar's A Man Lies Dreaming, and Scott K Andrews' Timebomb are also reviewed in the issue and are also of 'Must read now!' status, so what are you waiting for? ;-)

Sunday, 9 November 2014

The History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks at the Kilburn Literary Festival

Last Sunday I gave a talk on the history of Fighting Fantasy gamebooks and how YOU ARE THE HERO (the book on the same subject) came to be, as part of the inaugural Kilburn Literary Festival.

It was great to make new friends and to see some familiar faces among the audience, including Magnus Anderson and The Forest of Doom illustrator Malcolm Barter (which was a totally unexpected, but very pleasant, surprise)! A special shout-out must go to Andrew and Jamie,

Andrew, Magnus and Jamie, listening attentively to my talk.

Another pleasant surprise, courtesy of Mr Malcolm Barter.

I knew I'd find a use for those books one day.

Thank you to Geraldine, Kayla and Maria who organised Kilburn LitFest, and here's to doing it all again next year.