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Perhaps because I do almost nothing to promote my books, I'm rarely invited to do events these days. The most recent with my old touring colleagues was on October 18th (2012) as part of The Warminster Festival. Peter Lovesey, Liza Cody and I presented "My Life in Books." It was unusual because instead of doing a rehearsed show we each talked about (and sometimes read from) books that had influenced us, from childhood on. I picked Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, The Rolling Stones (by Robert A Heinlein) and a Ross Macdonald book.

Nor have I gone to a mystery conference in the US or the UK for several years. (All expenses invitations and promises of cosseting welcome...) Some of the events from previous conferences are referred to and pictured around this page. But otherwise, especially since covid, my daily focus is on work and life as it carries on in and around Bath.

For instance I went to the post office one evening during the early summer a few years ago and ran into these blokes taking a picture of the football held in front of the Bath Post Office sign. It was for a friend, then on his fourth tour in Afghanistan, and the football features in weekly emails to him from wherever they happen to be. It shows that they haven't forgotten him. And till he gets home the football will never touch the ground.