Jonathan Foreman of the political and current affairs magazine Standpoint has been very nice about us and some of our books.
He calls Wasting Police Time 'brilliant', talks about Gadget's book and those by Chalky and Bloggs, and (please excuse the self-biggage) describes In Foreign Fields as 'a superb collection of battlefield stories' which is 'desperately needed'.
He also praises Gibson Square, and criticises major publishers for becoming 'ever more cowardly, greedy and unimaginative'.
I'm not sure that's entirely fair - I think the variety on offer in bookshops now is huge - but I think I know what he means. I happened by a branch of Borders this week and noticed that every book in the window had a celebrity on its cover. That said, just as the recent debt nightmare is not all the fault of the banks (you can't give away bad credit unless people are prepared to sign up for it), readers are surely partly to blame for this? If people weren't queuing up to pay for the books, they wouldn't be published. They also keep the stores going so that people like us can sneak in unnoticed: Jordan is our Trojan Horse, so to speak.
Talking of In Foreign Fields, we've just had a letter from the excellent people at SSAFA.
When IFF came out in hardback, we promised a donation for each book sold would go to the charity. The first cheque went this week, and I'd expect a second of the same size or possibly more to be on its way early next year. If you bought the book, thank you.
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