Tea and Jeopardy


Photo by Joby Sessions for SFX Magazine

Emma Newman is author of the fantastic Split Worlds series and the eagerly awaited sci-fi novel Planetfall, and owner of one of the most euphonious voices in geekdom. She also presides over Tea and Jeopardy, a long-running podcast in which SF and fantasy authors are invited into her Tea Lair for tea, cake and Mild Peril. Sarah McIntyre has already been on, as have loads of other fascinating folk, some well-known, some new to me. This time it’s my turn: click here to hear Emma and I talk about Mortal Engines, railhead, hats, pugs and various other subjects. It was one of the most enjoyable interviews I’ve ever done, and if you’ve ever wondered what it would sound like if a choir of chickens sang a Krautrock classic, YOU NEED WONDER NO MORE…


Happy Puglication Day To Us


Today is the official publishing date for Pugs of the Frozen North, my third book with illustrator, megastar and international hatstand Sarah McIntyre.  It’s the tale of Shen, Sika, sixty-six pugs, and how they get mixed up in a wild and magical dogsled race to the North Pole. It draws on Sarah’s knowledge of Alaska and Russia, and my knowledge of Wacky Races. Sarah’s written a lovely blog about how she created one of the characters, hirsute heroine Helga Hammerfest…


And our brilliant puglishing and puglicity teams at OUP have been getting into the spirit, too…


Sarah also designed these lovely free-standing pugs, which will be helping to advertise the book in shops…


It’s been great working on these books with Sarah and the OUP team, and I think Pugs is my favourite so far. Thanks, guys!

Also, if you want to check out my old stuff, remember that this is also the publication day for these…



(Balalaika LP cover photo by Stuart Pyle, graphics by by Jo Cameron.)

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