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Faking Michelangelo

There's a delicious story in today's London Times giving pretty conclusive evidence that the "1520" portrait of Michelangelo as painted by Sebastiano now being shown as part of a big exhibition in Britain's National Gallery was actually created in about 1959! Egg (tempera) on faces all round, I suspect ...

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Miniature Beatles in the Cavern

Here is the first of a series of cigar-box style sculptures I have begun to make, incorporating Beatles figurines I have collected over the years, many of them wonderfully bad! I got these models of the early Beatles, which are made of some kind of metal, in a shop, long since disappeared, in an alley behind Regent Street. No idea who made them, but they fit the Cavern perfectly. #Beatles #AgeOfOlympus @TitanBooks ...

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The Beatles Revolutionary Year

I’ve just read Beatles ’66, The Revolutionary Year, a terrific book by Steve Turner about what changed the Beatles between December 1965 and December 1966 as they made the leap from Rubber Soul (1965) via Revolver (1966) to the extraordinary achievements of Sergeant Pepper in 1967. On Rubber Soul, Turner points out, 13 of the 14 songs were about love: but on Revolver, 9 of the 14 were about other things entirely, starting, of course, with Taxman. And then came Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields … Most of the book is...

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18th Century Movie Mogul

This amazing drawing by an eighteenth century French artist called Edme Bouchardon reveals a woman who was clearly going around Paris in the reign of Louis the Fifteenth showing movies. She’s winding a barrel organ and carrying a portable projector on her back - and presumably a portable screen in the box. Here’s one of the actual projectors from that era she might be using, and another with the slides inserted. #AgeofOlympus @TitanBooks And we are talking about movies: if you slid the glass plate back and forward it did look...

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The New Duncan Forrester

I'm pleased to announce that in two months' time Titan Books will be publishing the sequel to last year's Duncan Forrester novel, The Age of Treachery. This one is called The Age of Olympus and it's set in Greece in 1946. Forrester has gone back there to retrieve the mysterious Minoan stele he came across in a cave in the Gorge of Acharius during the war, and finds himself in the run-up to the Greek civil war. A famous poet is murdered, a heroic general is implicated, and Forrester and Countess Sophie...

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Entertaining Miss Sloane

I've just finished an exhilarating Q & A for BAFTA with the writer, director, producers and stars of the excellent political thriller Miss Sloan, at the AMC Century City in Los Angeles. My director hero John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) gave the movie a cracking pace and Jessica Chastain and Gugu Mbatha-Raw lit up the screen as a couple of stop-at-nothing Washington lobbyists....

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The Dangers of Metaluna

During my visit to San Diego's Mysterious Galaxy bookstore this weekend to promote The Age of Treachery I unwisely bought a model of Metaluna, the monster from the great 1950's sci fi movie This Island Earth.  When I brought him home, however, while my back was turned he not only attacked a San Francisco cable car, but did grievous bodily harm to some of the most beloved characters from fantasy and science fiction.  What would have happened to these two poor oblivious kids from Autopia if I had not intervened, I dread to...

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Mysterious Galaxy Event

Just had enormous fun with fellow authors helping celebrate the birthday of San Diego's excellent crime, mystery, sci fi and fantasy bookstore, Mysterious Galaxy and being interviewed by Joe Hogan for his podcasts on Geekitude.com ...

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Another Victory in the Battle for the Great Airport Park

Great news! Justice Aviation, the flight school that was fighting Santa Monica tooth and nail to keep its lead-fuelled planes flying over our houses from Santa Monica Airport has just agreed to get out! Bravo to our councillors and city staff Rick Cole and Nelson Hernandez for standing up for our safety. Now let's get rid of the wretched private jets and get on with building our Great Park. ...

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Wrestling with Ursula le Guin

I was recently asked to write an article about my adaptation of two of Ursula le Guin's wonderful Earthsea fantasy novels for television: and this is my painful confession. http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2016/04/guest-post-gavin-scott-wrestling-ursula-le-guin/ ...

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More insights into 1946 from David Kynaston (Austerity Britain)

“Britain in 1945. A land of orderly cues, hat doffing men walking on the outside, seats given up to the elderly, no swearing in front of women and children, censored books, censored films, censored place, infinite repression of desires. Divorce for most an unthinkable social disgrace, marriage too often a lifetime sentence …  Marriage is seldom companionable, with husbands and wives living in separate, self-contained spheres, the husband often not telling the wife how much she earned … Children in the street to act off by strangers, children in the...

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A very gratifying review …

Just had a very pleasing review of The Age of Treachery on the fascinating Crime Fiction lover Website. Here's the link if you'd like t check it out http://www.crimefictionlover.com/2016/04/the-age-of-treachery/  ...

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The Age of Treachery officially launched

My beloved mother-in-law was a publisher in New Zealand and I think her greatest delight in the  process was when the next book was ready to be launched  and she could say " I think it's time we had a party." Well,  we had a party this weekend here in Santa Monica to celebrate the official launch of The Age of Treachery and it was terrific.  Our house and garden  full of a hundred and forty loving and wonderful friends celebrating the first Duncan Forrester adventure and giving me a...

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Punch welcomes in the New Year

This is the first Punch cartoon Forrester saw in 1946. It depicts, rather movingly I think, Father Time saying farewell to the terrible year of 1945. But it wasn't long before 1946 brought its own tribulations, notably in the form of America's reluctance, now the war was won, to loan Britain the money to keep going. One result was a shortage of consumer goods - exemplified by this cartoon of a shop with not VERY much to sell ...

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The Age of Treachery: 1946 in books

I'm not saying that Duncan Forrester, who had a fairly busy year in 1946, read all the books here, but at least he might have picked them up in Foyles, Hatchards or even W. H., Smith and considered buying them. Certainly, as a historian of the ancient world, he would have taken notice of this January offering: It was the first of a new series to be known as the Penguin Classics,  and was a translation by E. V. Rieu. Over the next ten years it was to become Britain's best-selling book, and...

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The Lone Ranger tours McCloud

I was recently restoring one of my sculptures which hangs in the magnificent Wild West era McCloud Hotel,  near Mount Shasta in Northern California. While I was at work one of the characters in the sculpture escaped and was only recaptured after many adventures, as I think these pictures prove ...

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The Age of Austerity

One of the many books of social history I consulted while researching The Age of Treachery was David Kynaston’s wonderful Austerity Britain. Here are some fascinating snippets about Britain in 1946 from its pages. By September 1946 the number of married women at work was down from a wartime peak of 7.2 million to 5.8 million. 4 million British servicemen were demobilized between June 1945 and January 1947 and couples who might not have seen each other for years found themselves having to get used to each other again, which the divorce figures...