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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

More appearances, signings etc

Over the next couple of months I'm going to be making a few festival and one-off appearances, mainly to discuss Field of Shadows. Here's a few dates for your diary. If you're in the vicinity, please come along!

October 23rd, London Sportswriting Festival

14:00-15:00: CRICKET AND WAR
'We know about the place that football played in wartime but how many of us knew that cricket too had a role.  Dan Waddell’s book, Field of Shadows, gives us a unique insight into the subject during the 1914-18 war.  The very idea of a cricket tour taking place in Germany as Hitler’s power rose seems almost imaginary and yet it happened. Join Dan Waddell, the author of Field of Shadows: The English Cricket Tour of Nazi Germany in discussion with Andrew Renshaw, the editor of Wisden on the Great War:  the Lives of Cricket’s Fallen 1914-1918.  Hosted by writer and broadcaster Lizzie Ammon.'

'Join John Crace, Dan Waddell and Robert Winder, all contributors to the acclaimed cricket quarterly The Nightwatchman in a lighthearted and irreverent discussion on our great summer sport. To be chaired by Tom Holland.'

Tickets can be bought here

November 6th, Sheffield Cricket Society - 7.45 pm

More info here

November 15th, Petworth Festival - Leconfield Hall, 12-1pm

More details here

December 4th, North East and Durham Cricket Society - Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street 7.30 pm.

December 5th, North East and Durham Cricket Society - Richmondshire Cricket Club, North Yorks, 7.30 pm.

January 12th and 13th, Cricket Society of Scotland - venue and times to be confirmed.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Appearances, Signings, Talks

Hi everyone

Just an update to let you know of a few upcoming appearances I'm making to promote various books I have out (or are about to come out).

The first is a Field of Shadows signing at New Road, Worcester on Sunday June 29th, during the lunch break of the first day of Worcestershire's championship match against Glamorgan.

The next day, June 30th, I'm travelling to Manchester to give a talk about family history and Who Do Do You Think You Are? at 7.30 pm at Urmston Library. The book isn't released until July 31st, so this is a chance to get hold of an early copy, as well as hear me talk about my interest in family history, the novels it has inspired, and the staggering success of the TV show.

Then at 1.30pm on Wednesday July 9th I'm appearing at the Ways With Words festival in Dartington to give a similar talk. More detail can be found here

Then on July 13th, it's back to New Road, Worcester to sign more copies of Field of Shadows on 'Memorabilia Day', with a host of other authors, on the first day of the championship match between Worcestershire and Leicestershire.

I hope to see some of you at one of these events. Make sure you say hello if you come along.



Thursday, April 10, 2014

An (overdue) update

Apologies for neglecting these pages recently. I'm not one for writing blogs unless I have something to say (tweeting is a different matter - as those who follow me will testify, I blurt out any old rubbish on Twitter) but after a period of relative publishing famine, the next few months constitute a feast. Four books of mine are due to be released in 2014, possibly more.

Nigel Barnes

...still lives, as does Grant Foster. The third book in the series was published in France last month (you can find it here). I intend to release the English language version, One Soul Less, in the summer. I don't have a English publisher so it'll be self-published, and I also hope to re-release the first two books in the series, The Blood Detective and Blood Atonement, so those who haven't read the books can catch up. More to follow on this.

Field of Shadows

This is a true story of a cricket tour by an English team to Nazi Germany in 1937 and will be released by the lovely folk at Transworld on May 8th. I plan to blog in detail about it a bit nearer the release date. I'm very proud of it - it's a great story and was a pleasure to research and write. In the meantime, here's a link to the Amazon page if you want to know more .

Who Do You Think You Are?

I've already written three books which have accompanied the TV show and I've just finished writing another. This summer's series will be the show's 11th, and includes the 100th episode. I was lucky to be involved at the start, and its staggering to see how successful the format has become. The latest book is a pocket guide for beginners, explaining how to to trace your family tree, illustrated with some of the best celebrity stories from the show's past. It should be available in early July.

How to be a Spy

In November, Walker books will release my latest kids book, How to be a Spy. In it, we follow the story of Agent X, an ordinary boy who is recruited as a spy by his long-lost uncle. From the blurb: 'Use the information on each spread to help him uncover an evil plot and save humanity from everlasting war! Each spread is packed with everything you need to create a secret identity, beat a lie detector test, pass information to other spies and spot a double agent.' Illustrated by the very talented Nikalas Catlow, it will be a thing of great beauty.

So, as you can see, I've been quite busy. I'll be back with some more info soon!