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August 2009 Archives

Just a reminder that I'll be appearing at the Edinburgh Festival this Wednesday at 6.30pm.  Hope to see you there!

Also, I've put up my final set of writing tips on the Booktrust website where I'm Writer in Residence.  These set are by request from someone who wanted to know how I got an agent and got published.  So here's how it happened for me, and maybe it'll help you, too.



No news, it's the silly season, so allow me to be silly and correct things that only I care about, eh?

First, Neil Gaiman won the Hugo Award last week for The Graveyard Book, and good for him.  I can say this because I reviewed it for the Guardian and said all sorts of nice things about it.  One thing I did not say, however, was that it was a 'deathly delight'.  That was only in the tagline of the review, provided by a sub-editor, and not in the review itself.  'Deathly delight' isn't really my style.

Now that that's off my chest, I'd also like to point out that my official time for the 10k race I did on Saturday is off by 41 seconds (I really ran 49:42) because my Garmin lost its satellites before the start, and I had to wait 41 seconds to start while the stupid thing rebooted.  This is true.  I still beat Brian Paddick, though.

A bunch of important things


Much to report, many questions to answer!  The main one is for publication info about Monsters of Men, the newly revealed title of Chaos Walking book three.  It'll be out May 2010 in the UK, should be out shortly after in Australia, and is scheduled for Fall 2010 in the US, with translations to follow!  When I get exact details, I'll let you know.

And speaking of the US, The Ask and The Answer, Chaos Walking book two, comes out 8 September in hardback, so not long now.  The Knife of Never Letting Go is out there now in paperback.

And speaking of paperbacks, the UK paperback of The Ask and The Answer is coming soon, too.  5 October is the official date, but stay tuned...

For German readers, book two has been translated as Das Dunkle Paradies (The Dark Paradise) and will be out 1 October.

In the meantime, check out the Events page for imminent events at the Edinburgh Festival, the Bath Festival of Children's Literature and updated info on the Cambridge Festival of Ideas.  Phew!

The wait is over!  Here it is at last, the title that follows The Knife of Never Letting Go and The Ask and the Answer to finish off the Chaos Walking  trilogy with a bang.

On page 430 of The Knife of Never Letting Go, Todd has a flash of memory:  War makes monsters of men, I hear Ben saying.”

On page 102 of The Ask and the Answer, Viola remembers it, too:  War makes monsters of men, I say, quoting Ben...”

And in the final volume, they’ve come to it at last.  They’re going to find out for themselves how true that is, whether they want to or not.

So I hereby give to you today, the title of the final volume of the Chaos Walking trilogy:

Monsters of Men.  

Out May 2010 in the UK.