Saturday, 9 February 2013


     A couple or three blogs ago I speculated idly about writing short stories, given that STARSHINE was on the slipway ready for launching and that a new Fonthill was virtually written.  The short story scene is a genre that has always fascinated me and one that I have dabbled in over the years without much success.

     Well, that's the way it must stay for the moment.  With STARSHINE now on the retail shelves and  the latest Fonthill - FIRE ACROSS THE VELDT, set against the background of the second Boer War, the one that ended in 1902 - due to be published in April of this year, my publishers are demanding two more novels about Simon, Alice and 352 Jenkins. 

     I have just signed the contract for these and they will be published in 2014 and 2015 respectively.  I have had to slip back in time a touch to accommodate the first of the two, which is set in 1897 at the time of the great Pathan Uprising along the North West Frontier between India and Afghanistan - definitive Fonthill territory.  The second, which will in fact be the eleventh in the series, concerns the remarkable and rather neglected invasion of Tibet by the British in 1904.  The more I have researched both of these twists in the story of the late development of the  British Empire, the more fascinated I have become in the unravalleling of the events.

     I do hope that fans of Fonthill & Co will enjoy them.  As for me, it is a treat to be back in the saddle with Simon again, thinking, with Fonthill, that I will fall off but managing somehow to hang on!



  1. That's brilliant news, Fonthill is one of my favourite historical adventurers, up there with Sharpe and Macro & Cato. I just hope your publishers keep insisting you write more tales.Simon Fonthill occupies such a rich and fascinating period in the British Empire's history which is rarely covered by this genre, I can only think of The Flashman Papers. I will certainly be eagerly awaiting the next book. Keep up the awesome work.

  2. Splendid news! I am looking forward to reading the new Fonthills very much. Thank you for continuing to explore the wonderful characters, Simon, 352 Jenkins, and Alice.

  3. Read all the Fonthills books and liked all of them,
    However I did feel Fire Across The Veldt ended a bit quick, glad to read there are more to come.

    Any chance we might see an older Fonthill being involved in the WW1 action in Africa ?