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March 2017

It's spring, a time of flowering and new growth. In my case, it seems to have brought the appearance of a weed of some kind that is protruding from the chimney outside my office window, and which will have to be dealt with before it does some lasting damage. I am under strict instructions not to lean out to try and grab it—it is tantalizingly close—on the grounds that I will almost certainly plummet to my death from a great height, a bit like the unfortunate Rod Hull, who fell from his roof while trying to adjust his TV aerial, thereby leaving Emu bereft. (For those of you from foreign climes who are now scratching your heads bemusedly, here is a visual explanation.)

Emu video My demise, of course, would cause the Parker sequence to remain unfinished, which might annoy some readers, as well as adding my name to the list of relatively famous people who have died from unfortunate falls, including Surinder Singh Bajwa, a deputy mayor of Delhi who was attacked by monkeys on his balcony, and the 16th century Mughal emperor Humayun, who fell down a flight of stairs while carrying too many books, which sounds more like it. That monkey business doesn't appeal at all.

Anyway, since it's March, it means we have less than a month to go before the Irish and UK publication of the 15th Charlie Parker novel, A Game of Ghosts, and the UK paperback edition of Night Music: Nocturnes 2. (US readers were able to buy Night Music in paperback from the beginning, so I'm not neglecting you.)

Incidentally, if you're a Parker fan, and you haven't yet read Night Music, might I gently guide you in the direction of that book's long central novella, entitled The Fractured Atlas? As with The Reflecting Eye in Nocturnes, you might be surprised by how important a seemingly incidental story can later become to the Parker sequence. Just saying...

A Game of Ghosts THE GAME OF GHOSTS TOUR

As previously announced, A Game of Ghosts will be in stores throughout the United Kingdom on April 6th. Stores in Ireland will have copies by the end of March, and I suspect some U.K. stores will have copies that first week of April. The book arrives in Australia and New Zealand on April 11th.

Although readers can pick up A Game of Ghosts without having read any previous Charlie Parker novels, this installment does include some significant developments in the ongoing mystery of Parker's larger mission, and at least one event that longtime readers may want to discuss among themselves. We'd like to keep spoilers to a minimum, since the US edition of A Game of Ghosts won't be available until July 4th, so we've set up a forum on the Facebook page—if you want to join the discussion, the place to do that is here.

You can also see me discuss the book in person at one of these events—and again, my apologies for keeping this tour shorter than usual. All of these stores will have signed books available for sale after the event, or you can pre-order a signed copy from Waterstones here. The Gutter Bookshop, Dublin; Alan Hanna's Bookshop, Dublin; No Alibis in Belfast; and Goldsboro Books in London will also have signed books for sale, and all of them ship worldwide. Waterstones will have a signed deluxe edition of A Game of Ghosts, limited to 2000 copies, which will come with a print of the original artwork by Susan Derges used for the cover of the book. You can order that here.

Where an event is described as a "signing" alone, I will stay only as long as it takes to sign books for anyone who's waiting. Promptness will be rewarded. At the formal Waterstones events, the £3 ticket price is redeemable against the price of the book. They may even throw in a glass of wine. You never know...

Finally, it is a bit whistle-stop, and as is usual by now, I'll be scooting off rapidly after each event, afternoon or evening. Consider it the price I have to pay for earlier good times. You could sole a shoe with my liver, and an hour alone with a book at the end of the day helps me sleep. God, I am old.

Wednesday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m.
DUBLIN
Launch party for A Game of Ghosts
Gutter Bookshop
Cow's Lane
Temple Bar
Dublin
+353 1 6799206
info@gutterbookshop.com

Monday, April 3 at 6:30 p.m.
BELFAST
Ulster Museum (in association with No Alibis)
Botanic Gardens
Belfast BT9 5AB
John Connolly discusses and signs A Game of Ghosts
+44 (0)28 9031 9601
david@noalibis.com

Tuesday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m.
EDINBURGH
John Connolly discusses and signs A Game of Ghosts
Blackwells
53 South Bridge
Edinburgh
0131 622 8222
edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

Wednesday, April 5 at 1:00 p.m.
NEWCASTLE
John Connolly signs A Game of Ghosts
Waterstones
Emerson Chambers
Blackett Street
Newcastle
0191 261 7757
newcastle@waterstones.com

Wednesday, April 5 at 7:00 p.m.
PRESTON
John Connolly discusses and signs A Game of Ghosts
Waterstones
3-5 Fishergate
Preston
01772 555766
Tickets are £3.00, available here

Thursday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m.
LONDON
John Connolly and Mark Billingham in conversation
Waterstones—Kensington
193 Kensington High Street
London
020 7937 8432
kensington@waterstones.com

Friday, April 7 at 12:30 p.m.
SOUTHAMPTON
John Connolly signs A Game of Ghosts
Waterstones—West Quay
West Quay Shopping Centre, Western Esplanade
Southampton
023 8023 2118
southampton@waterstones.com

Friday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m.
BRIGHTON
John Connolly discusses and signs A Game of Ghosts
Waterstones
74 North Street
Brighton
01273 206017
Tickets are £3.00, available here or by emailing events.brighton@waterstones.com

THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS PAPERBACK EDITION

Just a reminder that the new paperback edition of The Book of Lost Things, featuring a lovely forest green cover, new stories AND illustrations will be published by Hodder & Stoughton on April 6th. Further details are available here.

A Song of Shadows Bulgaria Wolf in Winter Czech A Game of Ghosts

CONNOLLY COVERS THE GLOBE

Well, not literally—I may have put on a pound or two, but I don't need to get special pants made—although I do have updates on recent and upcoming international publication dates, since some of you have been asking:

BulgariaA Time of Torment should be available from Prozorets in April or May, and Night Music: Nocturnes 2 is scheduled for September or October.

Czech Republic—BB Art will publish Vlk v pasti (The Wolf in Winter) on April 26th, and Night Music: Nocturnes 2 should follow in September or October.

France—We're waiting on confirmation, but A Time of Torment should be available from Presses de la Cité later this month.

Greece—Bell published A Time of Torment in January.

Korea—Gu-Fic will publish The Killing Kind in July.

Italy—Fanucci TimeCrime will publish A Song of Shadows in April/May.

SpainTusquets Editores reissued Perfil asesino (The Killing Kind) and published La canción de las sombras (A Song of Shadows) in January. The Spanish translation of Night Music: Nocturnes Vol. 2 will be available in August or September, and A Time of Torment will be out sometime in 2018, along with the first Spanish paperback edition of The Book of Lost Things.

That's it for now. I hope to see some of you at events over the coming weeks, but otherwise please continue to be kind to one another, and I'm very grateful for your continued interest in my odd little books.

Best wishes,

John

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