Friday, August 31, 2007

China in their hands...

Interesting to see the strengthening relationship between Mongolia and China in both the commercial and the artistic fields.  There must be a book there, and maybe there will be...  If you're wondering what a 'long song' is, this might help.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Something Unrotten

Radio silence here for a couple of weeks as I've been away on holiday.  Denmark, since you ask.  And why Denmark?  Well, it seemed a good idea at the time, and turned out to be an even better idea in practice - long, empty beaches, endless sunshine, perfect towns and countryside, excellent beer, friendly people.  And virtually no Brits.  It's a bit of mystery why there's so little contact between the UK and what is, after all, one of our closest neighbours.  If nothing else, the Danes should be grateful that we allow all that Atlantic rain to be dumped on us before it hits their coastline...

I'm not aware of much Danish crime fiction, though no doubt there's plenty that hasn't yet been translated into English.  There's Peter Hoeg, of course, and Christian Jungersen, but I don't know of any others.  Any suggestions very gratefully received.  Given the explosion of interest in Scandinavian crime fiction, I imagine that the Danish contingent is on its way.

Back here in the UK, it finally seems to have stopped raining for a day or two, and I've just received advance copies of the second Nergui book, The AdversaryIt's not for me to comment on the content, but the packaging is wonderful - a really excellent cover from our good friends at Quercus.  It hits the bookshops on 6 Sept, but I'm sure I'll be dropping the odd casual reminder before then.