Why Mexico?

This post is a long answer to a short question: Why Mexico? That was the simple question asked of me last Saturday night by a lady in the signing queue after an event at the always excellent Bath Children’s Literature Festival. (It’s on for two more weeks – have a look at the other events). Why…

Narconomics: an interview with Tom Wainwright

Everyone loves economics, don’t they? So I asked @t_wainwright, of The Economist, for his personal views on some of the political and economic issues behind the Mexican drug wars in general and the situation in Juárez (setting for Saint Death) in particular. Tom, first of all, thanks very much for agreeing to answer a few questions, and…

Calavera

The central sections of Saint Death revolve around a card game, called Calavera.

If you’d like to try playing it, here are the rules…:

Two very different books..?

Snow and Saint Death are two very different books on the face of it, but aside from the fact they’re both published a month from today and that they both came out of my word processor, there’s something deep inside each that links them. – Saint Death plays out in and around the city of Juárez, Mexico,…

Pigalle, then and now…

I have a new book coming out this week, set in Paris in 1899, and as a fair old chunk of it is set in the district of Pigalle, I thought it would be worth sharing one or two interesting things I came across during what I prefer to pass off as ‘research’. Paris, as…

Kubrick, again…

I wrote a while back on the Kubrick exhibition that’s steadily making its way around the globe, and what a treat it is for the fan of the great filmmaker. That show still hasn’t come to London, but I went to see the new Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick yesterday, at Somerset House, and am reporting back…

My 6 favourite European novels

I am supposed to be working on something else (quite urgent) this morning, but the open letter from Mr B’s Emporium of Books has urged me to write this post instead, because nothing else seems as urgent right now. (This post is unashamedly personal, and contains public displays of political affiliation, as well as affection). –…

Saint Death

Saint Death plays out on the borderland of Mexico and the USA. It’s the story of Arturo, who has one night to play a deadly card game to save his friend Faustino’s life – Faustino having fallen into working for a street gang in Juarez, connected to the drug trade. It’s a story about power,…

The Ghosts of Heaven – cipher solved

This post is probably only of interest to anyone who got to the end of The Ghosts of Heaven and wondered what the page of numbers and letters at the end of the book was all about; the page in question being this: A lot of people wrote to me, asking if it was a…

New books

I knew it was a while since I had posted; coming back here today I see it’s six months. Oops. I have some lame excuses about moving house, settling in to a new country and so on, but who’s buying it? The truth is usually that I didn’t have anything to say, and in that…

A short tale of international harmony

Some good people at Lenape High School, New Jersey, USA wrote to me asking if I knew whether Braille copies of She Is Not Invisible were available in America. They’ve chosen the book to be their One Book/One School title for 2015/2016 and wanted to make it accessible to a couple of blind/visually impaired students….

The Ghosts of Heaven numbers

I’m writing this post for those that have read The Ghosts of Heaven and have wondered about the page of numbers at the close of the book. I’m getting emails asking me to explain it, so it seemed a good idea to write this post so that I have somewhere I can direct people to….