Friday, 21 August 2009

People Are Lovely

First of all, I want to say a HUGE thank you to whoever nominated me for the Book Blogger Appreciation Awards. I was shocked, stunned, gobsmacked and thrilled to discover that I have 3 nominations! The categories are Best Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Crime Blog, Best New Blog, and Best Writing (no, honestly!). I don't know who the person nominating me was, so I can't hug you - but a heartfelt thank you - not only for thinking of nominating me, but also for enjoying my blog. Whoever you are, a big virtual kiss for you.

Courtesy of Claire - what sounds like a fantastic event.

Waterstone's Crime Time @ Eastwood Park Theatre
Denise Mina, Louise Welsh, Karen Campbell

Eastwood Park Theatre, Rouken Glen Road, Giffnock, Glasgow, G46 6UG Box Office; 0141 577 4970
Sunday, 13 September 2009, 6:30PM - 10:30PM
Tickets £8 available from the shop and from Eastwood Park Theatre Box Office

Featuring the cream of Scotland's crime writers, telling stories, reading from their novels and answering your questions. Meet Denise Mina, Louise Welsh, Karen Campbell, Helen FitzGerald and Harry 'The Polis' Morris in this crime writing extravaganza in the lovely surroundings of Eastwood Park Theatre. Not to be missed!

Further details: 0141 616 3933

There will, apparently, be sneak previews from Louise Welsh's forthcoming book due out in March 2010, a collaboration between Louise Welsh and Denise Mina for Victim Support Scotland titled 'Shattered' and Helen Fitzgerald will have her newest novel 'Bloody Women' out and on sale. Also, according to Claire, there are rumours of another Crime Time with Christopher Brookmyre, Alex Gray and newcomer Gordon J. Brown (author of FALLING - a book I definitely need to get my hands on) in October.

An authorised biography of Ian Rankin is coming out from John Blake publishing. And, as if we didn't already know it, Ian Rankin is, officially, A Lovely Man. And here is the full list of authors.

Is the new Sherlock Holmes film the start of a franchise?

Irvine Welsh in an interview with The Big Issue. Incidentally, I got a kiss from a Big Issue seller today!

And finally, I love this - from The Guardian, some excellent one-star reviews from Amazon.


  1. Congratulations on your well-deserved nominations! (Not that I nominated you, but then I nominated no one so ...)

    Thanks for sharing the one-star reviews! LOL

  2. Thanks Dorte - and to you too. I didn't nominate anyone either - but only because I didn't know about it, otherwise I would have.

  3. It would have been me, had I known anything. We seem to be a trio of know-nothings.

  4. I always wanted to be The Guilty Party, but I'm not in this instance. I nominated no one and was gobsmacked when *I* was. Congratulations on these well-deserved nominations, Donna, and Good Luck!

  5. Some of those Amazon One-Star Reviews are ... well, priceless!! Talk about misguided ...

  6. Bookwitch - ah well I am in good company as a know-nothing!

    Cathy - isn't it nice? Thank you and congratulations and good luck to you!

    Tim - aren't they brilliant? Made me laugh.