Friday, July 27, 2007

C'est Magnifique, Mais Ce N'est Pas the Ger

No particular reason for linking to this story except to give myself an excuse for the most contrived pun of the year...

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Mines Go Boom

Another good piece on Mongolia, this one from The (London) Times, summarising the dizzying mix of opportunities and threats facing the country.  Some of the topics addressed here with be very familiar to those who've read 'The Shadow Walker', though I haven't yet got around to mentioning Genghis Khan Scottish Whisky, which one day might turn out to be Nergui's favoured tipple.  Or maybe not.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Democracy and Corruption

Intriguing piece from the Wall Street Journal about the state of democracy in Mongolia.  The article deftly summarises the challenges and opportunities facing the country as it continues its transition from Communist past to democratic future.  It also highlights the growing impact of 'street politics' as part of the democratic process - a topic which (to leave you on a teasing note) will form one of the themes in the third Nergui book...

Friday, July 6, 2007

Shore Thing

Delighted to see that my Quercus stablemate, Peter Temple, has won the CWA Duncan Lawrie Dagger for The Broken Shore.  It's a terrific book - sparse and poetic, as well as possessing all the more familiar crime fiction virtues. 

And, never one to miss the opportunity for a shameless plug, I do notice that Amazon claim it's the 'perfect partner' to go with The Shadow Walker.  So, while you're buying The Broken Shore (as you must), you might as well spend that little bit extra...