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22 September 2017

TOP TEN!

Many thanks to everyone who went out and purchased a copy of the latest Teacher novel. I received an email from my agent saying that after the first three days of sales Happiest Days entered the national Original Fiction Top Ten at number nine.

Currently I've just completed the first draft of the eleventh novel in the Teacher series. My new editor requested two prequels, one set in Ragley village in the fifties and another in the sixties. The new novel is set during the academic year 1952/53 and a new female teacher arrives at the village school. My guess is it will be published some time next year but this will be decided by Penguin Random House.

There have been various events since the launch in Waterstones Leeds. I was the guest of Vice Chancellor Karen Stanton and senior members of staff at York St John University and during an excellent dinner at Grays Court near the Minster, I was awarded the honorary title of Cultural Fellow of the University. It comes with responsibility and I have agreed to give a series of lectures over the coming years.

Also, there was a huge queue in Waterstones York and all copies of the novel were sold out in half an hour! I was told more stock would arrive the following week so apologies to those of you who did not manage to obtain a signed copy.

I have since signed in Waterstones SOUTHAMPTON WEST QUAY, Waterstones ALTON and Waterstones FESTIVAL PLACE in Basingstoke and completed talks & signings at St Andrew's Church Hall, Medstead, Hampshire, the Bentworth Literary Festival, Hampshire and Chatham Library in Kent.

Also sincere thanks to the countless readers, particularly those from Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada, who have emailed me saying how much they enjoyed the latest novel. Happiest Days moves on to the next academic year, 1986/87, in the life of Ragley School and its headteacher. All the old favourite characters return and another year of tears and laughter (with a dramatic conclusion!) is in store for the villagers of Ragley-on-the-Forest in North Yorkshire.

Recently I've received a number of emails from partially sighted readers who are enjoying the audio editions of the Teacher series. So thank you . . . it is rewarding to think my stories are providing some relaxing entertainment in your lives.

In the meantime best wishes to you all and thanks for supporting my writing,

Jack

 8th Oct 2016  Ilkley Literature Festival
 8.00 pm        Clarke Foley Centre
 2nd Nov 2016
 Talk/Book Signing
 7.30 pm
       Hythe Library, Hampshire
             
 2017 events
           
 25th Jan 2017  Live Radio Interview  2.00 pm        BBC Radio York
 26th Jan 2017
 Launch of 'Happiest Days'
 6.30 pm
       Waterstones LEEDS
 27th Jan 2017  Stock signings          Waterstones Huddersfield
 Waterstones Wakefield
 Waterstones Bradford
 Waterstones Harrogate
 28th Jan 2017
 Book Signing
 1.00 pm
       Waterstones YORK
 2nd Feb 2017
 Book Signing
 1.00 pm
       Waterstones SOUTHAMPTON WEST QUAY
 6th Feb 2017  Recording 'Star Teacher'  2 days        Soundings Studio, Whitley Bay
 18th Feb 2017  Book Signing  11.00 am
       Waterstones ALTON
 11th Mar 2017
 Book Signing
 1.00 pm
       Waterstones BASINGSTOKE
 15th Mar 2017
 Lecture 'Paperback Writer'
 2.00 pm
       York St John University
 27th May 2017  Talk/Book Signing  7.30 pm        St Andrew's Church Hall, Medstead, Hants
 17th June 2017  Talk/Book Signing  4.00 pm
       Bentworth Literary Festival, Hants
 11th July 2017
 Talk/Book Signing
 7.30 pm
       Chatham Library, Kent