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Map of Thames for Future books

After a lot of hard work by a number of people – including the excellent artist Jamie Whyte – we now have a detailed map of the Port of London as it existed in the late 18th Century, going into future books, including the forthcoming River of Fire. The map names the Thames reaches as well as some of the locations mentioned in the books and shows the Port before the construction of the first of the major docks in 1802. I’m hoping it will add to your enjoyment of the book.

On another subject altogether, the Crime Writers Association (CWA) – a sort of club for crime writers to get together – has introduced a sister organisation called the Crime Readers’ Association with the intention of getting readers more involved with their favourite authors. To begin with the CRA will comprise a blog and readers will be invited to sign up to a mailing list in which they will receive news and features from authors. Further into the future it’s hoped we can arrange meetings between CRA members and authors. Let me know what you think of the idea and if there is anything you feel we have missed.

And talking of the CWA, I’ve been asked to take over the stewardship of the association for the south-east of England. I’ll see what I can do to get hold of my fellow authors’ diaries and let you know, via this site, what they are up to – new books being planned, book signing events and so on. Either way I’ll let you know how I get on.

Patrick

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