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Christmas candles lit, EnglandAt the end of each year our celebrations sometimes have an air of desperation. Out in London this week there was a frenzied determination shown by many to have a raucously good time. At the very least we have survival to celebrate.

But this year there is much more than that. I hope that applies to each of you but I can speak only for myself. It has been an extraordinary year and it’s good to take stock at this time. That surely must be the purpose of this cold, dark, often beautiful season when we snuggle inside for comfort.

Taking stock, I have to be thankful first of all to you who are reading this blog and who have read previous ones through the year. Thanks especially to those who put public comments in the space below – always welcome. They keep me writing in the belief that this blog reaches a few people and is sometimes useful and interesting. Please carry on.

Other highlights for me…certainly the tenth anniversary of Dark Angels. What a wonderful celebration that was and thank you to the 80 Dark Angels who came from far and near that magical evening. My thanks especially to Claire Bodanis for her role in that celebration, and thanks of course to Stuart and Jamie. Looking ahead I’m delighted that ten years marked not an ending but the start of a new chapter. Dark Angels in 2015 has plans to continue and expand, and I’m very excited at the prospect.

imagePart of the Dark Angels year was the publication by Unbound of our collective novel Keeping Mum. Thanks to all of you who supported it and read it, and to the other 14 writers who joined me in writing it. Those who have read it comment enthusiastically – and I do think it’s a fine novel. You can buy it here http://unbound.co.uk/books/keeping-mum there’s still time before Christmas. Use the darkmum1 code to get £5 off.

I close the year frantically busy, thanks to clients who would have been on my Santa’s wish list at this time last year. I pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming. I should do a roll call but I’ll spare blushes all round – you know who you are.

Finally my year drew to an extraordinary finale with the acceptance of my novel Leaves by Urbane. It will be published in June 2015 and I am incredibly excited by this turn of events. My thanks to Matthew Smith of Urbane for showing such faith in me and my work, and to David Carroll who is working on what will be a beautiful book design.

For now, I head wearily, expectantly to winter stores, ready to be reawakened by the gentle shaking of a new year. Speak to you then – have a wonderful Christmas.

9 Responses

  1. Faye says:

    A very merry Christmas to you and your family John. Thank you too! x

  2. richard says:

    Wishing you and Linda and family glad tidings and a warm and happy Christmas.
    And as Faye, said, thank you too.

  3. Neil Baker says:

    Merry Christmas to you and yours, John. Hope your run of good fortune continues through 2015.

  4. Robert England says:

    Thanks for a wonderful year, John. Merry Christmas.

  5. bigbrandjohn says:

    Have a wonderful holiday John and Linda. You continue to provide me with the desire to explore words as a way to inform, inspire and educate myself.

    Long may it continue

  6. Gillian says:

    Merry Christmas John, to you and your family. Wishing you a happy and peaceful 2015.

  7. Jane says:

    Lovely blog post John. Glad this year has been so good for you – and have a wonderful Christmas and brilliant 2015. All the best

  8. Mike says:

    Lovely post to end the year. Have a merry Christmas with your family. Wishing you everything that words can bring for 2015.


  9. Mark Watkins says:

    John, Wonderful news about ‘Leaves’ — many congratulations. It was a real privilege to be a part of many of the highlights you mentioned above. A very merry Christmas to you too and I look forward to catching up in 2015.
    Best wishes, Mark

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