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A little while ago I started up a Facebook page, but have decided that I can’t be bothered with it – I didn’t like its functionality, not to mention the way it would constantly try to get you to pay for advertising, and I ended up cross-posting loads to my normal profile anyway. So I’ll close it down pretty soon. Feel free to add me here; be prepared for even greater levels of nonsense.


Fantasy in the Court – London, 28th March, 6-9pm

A gathering of fantasy and science fiction authors on Thursday March 28th (that’s my birthday), 6-9pm. Pop along to Goldsboro Books in the wonderful Cecil Court, a book-buying paradise.

More details here, and the full line-up of authors include:

Luke Scull, Seth Patrick, Paul Cornell, Jeff Noon, John Gwynne, Francis Knight, Benedict Jacka, S L Grey, Sarah Pinborough, Stephen Deas, James Barclay, Ben Aaronovich, Mike Carey, Linda Carey. Louise Carey, David Wingrove, Chris Beckett and more.

There will most probably be wine. Don’t be shy.


Wantage Lit Fest

I’ll be at the Wantage Literary Festival on the 3rd of November with Ben Aaronovitch, Mark Chadbourn and Mary Hoffman. The panel is a general fantasy and science fiction discussion, so there should be some pretty broad chatter.

We’re actually, and rather bizarrely, going to be having the panel at Wantage’s Shush nightclub at 3.30pm, that most coveted of DJ slots. Bring your glow-sticks.

Anyway, more details here – come and say hello.


Review of The Broken Isles

There’s a lovely review of The Broken Isles over at Fantasy Faction:

As always in a Mark Newton book, there are many underlying issues that get the reader thinking as they read along. The differences in culture and racial discrimination inherent in people is prominent in the dealings with the newly arrived peoples fighting alongside the Empire, and the Malum-led rebellion at these newcomers being allowed to settle…

The Broken Isles is the best conclusion to a series I have read in a good while, and it is all down to Mark’s fantastic characters, intriguing story-weaving and deft hand at handling important issues inherent in his work.

Read the rest. It’s always nice when readers spot the key thrust of the novel – in this, bringing two cultures together, the prejudices that invokes in people etc – but I’m also glad that the ending was deemed satisfying. Bringing everything together was probably the hardest bit of the job for me.