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My First Virtual Book Tour.

My first Virtual book tour for #AgeOfOlympus starts tomorrow @TitanBooks. I'm not actually sure what it involves, but my first host is Angel Wings and Petticoats @Alexx Marie.com and I'll keep you posted about my adventures in cyberspace...

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Amazing evening at Book Soup

I'm still basking in the warm glow of all the people who came out to support #TheAgeOfOlympus at Book Soup in West Hollywood this Thursday. I got to read from the book and talk about the characters and answer a barrage of really smart questions, including "What exactly is written on the mysterious Minoan stone" from my executive at Sony Pictures! I'll have an answer for him soon ...

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Age of Olympus launches April 20th at Book Soup

The famous independent bookstore Book Soup, at 8818 Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, is hosting the launch of the new Greece-set Duncan Forrester novel The Age of Olympus at 7pm on April 20th. I'll be reading from the book and signing copies and it would be great to see you there. If you can't make it, just get in touch with Amazon and they'll make sure you get a copy one way or another! @TitanBooks ...

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The Age of Olympus

 The Age of Olympus is my second novel about Duncan Forrester, the Oxford archeologist and former SOE operative who returns from the Second World War searching for a peaceful existence and finds himself caught up in the great events which shaped the post-war world. He first appeared in The Age of Treachery, set in early 1946, in which he found himself racing across Europe trying to save a friend wrongly accused of murder, and among the real life characters who appeared there was Thor Heyerdahl, Ian Fleming and the young Margaret...

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A Hard Day’s Beatle Sculpture

Here is my fourth miniature found-objects Beatles assemblage, celebrating the wonderful movie and album A Hard Day's Night in 1964, which is when at 13 in deepest New Zealand, Beatlemania finally swept me away. #Beatles #AgeOfOlympus @TitanBooks ...

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Beatles Sculpture Number 3

This is my third miniature Beatles sculpture, which I've put together to celebrate their third album, With the Beatles. Love their little bobbling heads! #Beatles #AgeOfOlympus @TitanBooks ...

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The Age Of Olympus arrives!

My author copies of the new Duncan Forrester adventure, The Age of Olympus, have now arrived and I'm going around with a huge grin on my face because they look so great! Titan Books have done a great job and Los Angeles' best independent bookstore, Book Soup on Sunset Boulevard, have agreed to host the official launch at 7pm on April 20th. All welcome! PS: it's set in Greece in 1946! #AgeOfOlympus #Book Soup @TitanBooks...

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Beatles Sculpture Number Two: Please Please Me.

Here's the second in my series of miniature Beatles assemblage sculptures using found Beatles figurines. This one commemorates their first album, Please Please Me from 1963. #Beatles #AgeOfOlypmus @TitanBooks ...

Avocados vs the Robots

According to the Times, the inventor of a robot salad maker designed to replace restaurant staff has admitted defeat because robots can’t handle avocados. Who knew humans would be saved from the rise of the robots by a Mexican fruit?! #Robots #AgeOfOlympus @TitanBooks...

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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...