Casa Sanguinetti…

by Thomas on December 1, 2017

A snapshot of the street where Spike was born and raised, looking sharp in the crisp winter light. So much of Gibraltar has been developed in recent years, but certain corners of town remain untouched…

 

 

 

 

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Some Spike memorabilia…

by Thomas on November 13, 2017

I stumbled across this old notebook the other day, containing a series of jottings debating the title of the first book in the Spike Sanguinetti series. I remember thinking at the time — ‘How can I combine a mention of Gibraltar with something connected to the plot of the novel?’ You can see the title which won the day (if you can decipher my writing). Shadow = sun = solar power; Rock = Gibraltar. And a bit of a TS Eliot echo thrown in too. Anyway — here’s a pic of the relevant page…

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Tough research assignment…

November 3, 2017

When I mentioned to a friend that I was travelling to France to learn about gin, she shot me a withering look: ‘You may as well go there to learn about cricket.’ When I added that this gin was made from grapes rather than grain, and produced in Cognac, she just raised her eyebrows and […]

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Ar-Mogg-eddon…

October 20, 2017

When it comes to nicknames, there’s clearly something appealing about ‘Mog’. All my life, I’ve been Moggy, or Mogs, or Mogman or Moggers. Having never met another Mogford who wasn’t related to me, this nomenclature has been something I’ve tended to attach to me and my family. The mysterious rise of Tory politician Jacob Rees-Mogg, […]

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Aussie-noir…

September 19, 2017

Thoroughly enjoying watching ‘Big Little Lies’ at the moment – I feel it’s ideally savoured with a mild hangover, just to intensify the dark strands running through it. After observing both my wife and mum avidly reading ‘The Dry’ over the summer holidays, and having just heard that ‘The Cry’ has been green-lit as a […]

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New paperback for Feb 2018…

August 23, 2017

If it ain’t broke, as the saying goes… The new mass-market paperback of ‘A Thousand Cuts’ now has its UK release date — February 22, 2018. The cover is much the same as for the previous edition, bar a few small, subtle tweaks. Here’s a sneak preview — paperback jacket

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Tea time with Sherlock…

June 14, 2017

There’s a lot to be said for celebrating your favourite fictional sleuth through the medium of food and drink. My wife and I spent part of our honeymoon on the Orient Express, sipping dainty little glasses of crème de menthe in homage to Hercule Poirot, gazing about the dining car and wondering which of our […]

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Return to Oxford…

May 3, 2017

I love Oxford. I was born there; I grew up living either in the city or a few miles outside. I went to school there until I was 13, then returned to go to university. So if I’m ever lucky enough to be asked to do a book event in Oxford, I rush in like […]

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Battersea crime walk…

March 20, 2017

I’m a firm believer in the Latin phrase, ‘Solvitur ambulando’; ‘It solves itself by walking’. Whenever I get stuck on a tricky bit of plotting, I close down my computer and step out onto the streets of Battersea. I tend to take the same route each time, one that’s specially devised to get a crimewriter’s […]

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The name’s James…

March 2, 2017

This is the index of a magazine I wrote something for. I plan to drink a Martini to celebrate my new name. Though I’ll bet this never happens to Ian McEwan…

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