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  • Whisky Poets at Dorset Arms  -page-001THE WHISKEY POETS
  • TWP IslingtonTHE WHISKEY POETS in London!!

    We’d love for you to come and join us at The Islington on Tolpuddle Street in London on the evening of Wednesday, August 19th.  This is a combined book and music event.  There will be a reading from the latest novel, ‘Mockingbird Songs’, and then a brief introduction to the band and the album, ‘Low […]

  • UnknownWin a first edition ‘Mockingbird Songs’…

    Follow the link in this post to win not only a first edition of ‘Mockingbird Songs’, but also a copy of the new Whiskey Poets’ album, Low Country’ …

  • 2013-10-23-signheavenhellThe Suburbs of Hell…

    The prompt for this particular article was conversation with a colleague in a restaurant in Lyon. She asked about my son, now eighteen years of age, who is in the process of interviews and selections for university. He has been accepted by four universities thus far, three of them for computer-related studies, one of them […]

  • aReflections on a certain crime…

    Some while ago I was asked by the Wall Street Journal to write a piece concerning ‘unknown’ or forgotten literary classics.  Having recently spent a considerable amount of time in France, I decided to share my thoughts about several French writers, now widely available in English, who seemed yet to be unheard of by my […]

  • christmas_magic-wideA CHRISTMAS POEM…

    I simply am a simple man,
    I have no faith, no master plan,
    I take offence at none at all
    save those who try to say we’ll fall,
    if we believe in other stuff,
    the stuff they think is just enough,
    to keep them straight and right and true,
    like God and Christ and Allah […]

  • imagesAn Eye for an Eye…

    In recognition of the twenty-one innocent victims of the November 1974 Birmingham pub bombings, I was asked by the Mail to pen a few words.  Instead of writing a journalistic piece, I decided to express my thoughts on the subject in a more personalised way.  Here is a fictionalised account from a survivor of the […]

  • book-sculpture-02The demise and fall of the book….

    A recent conversation with some very good friends of mine has confirmed something that I – and many others – have been aware of for a very considerable time. The UK, along with many other countries, is no longer reading. Of course there are those who read. I am not saying that no-one is reading, […]

  • 21051813CARNIVAL OF SHADOWS – Crimeview

    Carnival of Shadows
    by R. J. Ellory
    A travelling carnival with acts of inexplicable paranormal magic and illusion appears in a small town. But when an unidentified man’s body is discovered beneath the carousel FBI agent Michal Travis is sent to investigate.

    Review
    In America the 1950s was a time most would want to forget. […]

  • 10440880_716468141775391_1759017329022242042_nSometimes A Thought Is Enough…

    Going through old files and different manuscripts, I found these few paragraphs that were edited out of ‘A Simple Act of Violence’.  Kind of dark, but kind of interesting…

    What do I mean?
    I’ll tell you what I mean.
    A man works in an office. There is a girl he sees. She works on a […]

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51 Responses to R.J.Ellory – Award winning thriller writer

  • Reading saints. Excellent!!

  • i know you don’t/can’t set the prices on Amazon.co.uk, but have you seen the pre order price of Mockingbird songs, £10.99, they’re having a laugh.

    • I am sorry…I have no idea what you’re talking about? The kindle version is £10.00, but I understand the hardback is currently £16.58.

  • No, the kindle price is £10.99 not £10. Do you not think that that is quite expensive for a kindle book?

    • The kindle price is £7.47…and I don’t think that’s a great deal at all, considering the amount of work that goes into writing a book and how much the author actually receives!

  • When I originally wrote the message it was £10.99 and only recently dropped to its new price, and I have now bought it, as I have ALL your previous ones, as you are my favourite author. I was just making a comment on the original high price, that’s all. I didn’t mean for you to get bent out of shape over it,

    • Your comment made me laugh! I am sorry if my response was taken the wrong way. As for being bent out of shape, I have always been bent out of shape, and probably always will be! I have ongoing conversations with many people – both authors and readers – about books in general, as you can imagine. We are battling against an ever-declining literacy level, disastrous booksales figures right across the industry, ever-increasing numbers of authors unable to remain published for purely economical reasons, and it is very saddening. When the Fixed Price Agreement was cancelled many years ago, it sounded the death knell for the independent bookstores. Now there are almost none in the UK. Libraries have been closing at a rapid rate of knots, and the online booksellers have devalued books to a point where you can get a book for about the same price as a cup of coffee. A packet of cigarettes is now twice the cost of most paperbacks on the internet. However, we can’t go backwards. What’s done is done. It is just an issue of concern and debate for all of us, and sometimes I feel strongly enough about it to respond in a challenging manner! I apologise for that. What I will say, Tony, is that your support is immensely appreciated, and I really hope you enjoy the latest book. Thanks for buying them, thanks for reading them, and thanks for getting in touch. I send all my best wishes.

      • All that you say is true and its very sad. I also think, from my own observations, that the young generation don’t read books so much any more. What a pity, what would the world be without books. I have read all of yours and am a confirmed addict!! Thanks for the pleasure of your hard work.

  • Hello I am just wondering do you have any new books coming out many thanks jessica

  • Can I have some. Of R. J. Ellory. which were translated into German.
    Thank you for your help.
    Marloo

  • I recently read one of your books, A Simple Act of Violence, which my wife obtained from the local Library. It was totally riveting and my introduction to you as an Author. It was such a good read I asked my wife to search for another written by you. I have just finished Saints of New York and am again thrilled by this excellent book. These two books have equalled, probably surpassed other books of similar topic, in my humble opinion. I sincerely thank you for the experience and my reading of your fine books will continue.

    • Dear Richard,
      That is wonderful to hear, and very encouraging! I am so pleased that you have enjoyed the books, and I hope you continue to enjoy them. It really does mean a lot to me that you took the time and trouble to write. It is very much appreciated.
      Best wishes, and thank you for making my day.
      Roger.

    • Dear Richard,
      That is wonderful to hear, and very encouraging! I am so pleased that you have enjoyed the books, and I hope you continue to enjoy them. It really does mean a lot to me that you took the time and trouble to write. It is very much appreciated.
      Best wishes, and thank you for making my day.
      Roger.

  • Roger
    Thank you so much for your books ,I find them so well written and they set my imagination into overdrive, the story’s are fantastic, the worst of it is that I find it hard to put them down, and can only liken it to eating a chocolate bar that you are enjoying so much that you want to take another bite but at the same time you do not want to finish it to soon .
    I am 72 years old ,and look forward to reading many more of your novels,please keep them coming.

    Thank you
    Derrick

    • Dear Derrick,
      Thank you indeed for your wonderfully kind words, sir! I am so pleased to know that you are enjoying the novels, and I assure you that there are plenty more where they came from. Your message really made my day, and I want you to know how much it is appreciated.
      Take care, and all best wishes.
      Roger.

      • Like Derrick, I am of more mature years! I first discovered your books some years ago and have enjoyed each and every one since. I’ve introduced friends and family to them and we often talk about the most recent one we have read. I’ve chosen a couple for my book group over the years so you can see that they get a good airing among a somewhat older group of readers.

        I too am English and live in England but my husband and I travel to the US often and have done so for over 40 years. I am amazed at how well you paint images of places and people in such a wide variety of different settings there. You could almost be a well travelled native! Your books are a delight to read – unusual, well written and constructed, great characters and fascinating plot lines. Love them – please keep them coming!

        Best wishes

        Pam

        • Dear Pam,
          It’s exactly this mind of message that serves to sweep away the frustration I feel about the state of literacy in this country, and the fact that we seem to be among the last of a dying breed of readers and writers! Thank you so very much for your kind words. This really is a special message, and I want you to know that it is hugely appreciated.
          Thank you for your support, your encouragement and your kindness.
          I’ll take this chance to wish you and yours a truly wonderful Christmas, and all the very best for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!
          Roger.

  • Roger,Love your Books.Finally read them all.I can honestly say that you are the only Author that has brought a tear to my eye-it’s as if I have experienced a similar emotion and can totally relate to your beautiful,sad,descriptive prose.Then again,the way A Dark and Broken Heart finished,I felt for our Anti Hero.But he did dig his own hole.Really looking forward to your next novel.

    • AD&BH is currently being written as a film, Mark, and I really hope it makes it to the screen. Thank you so much for your very kind words. That really means a lot to me.
      Here’s to a great Christmas for you and yours, and all the best for a happy and propserous 2016!
      Best wishes,
      R.

      • That would make a fantastic movie.Who would play Vincent?Wow-the list is endless-as long as it’s not Tom Cruise.Kurt Russell?

        • Oh, I think it would have to be someone like Casey Affleck, perhaps Viggo Mortensen…someone who could do that tough guy thing, but at the same time vulnerable, haunted, dark…

  • A true writer of fine literature hiding out as a writer of thrillers. Your writing is amazing. A QUIET BELIEF IN ANGELS is the second book of yours that I have read. Most compelling stuff I’ve read in a long time. Thank you.

    • And thank you for such wonderfully kind words, Grace. I am so pleased that you are enjoying the books.
      May I take this opportunity to wish you all the very best for a great Christmas, and a happy and propserous 2016.
      Take care.
      R.

  • I read Mockingbird Songs in the summer, really enjoyed it. Very much up to your usual high standard!
    Have just finished reading Canada by Richard Ford, first of his I have read, incredibly atmospheric , reminded me of Cormac McCarthy.
    I have had Don De Lillos under world for some years now, have just got round to reading it, for anyone who hasn’t read it I can honestly recommend.

    • I have a Richard Ford book somewhere that I have been meaning to read for a long time. You have spurred me on! So pleased to hear you enjoyed ‘Mockingbird Songs’. Have read ‘Underworld’ and that is a truly extraordinary book.
      Have a great Xmas, Pete, and all the best for 2016!

  • Dear RJ
    I am currently reading “Carnival of Shadows” and I consider it to be your masterpiece. I previously thought that ” A Quiet Belief in Angels” was your best work. I have read all your books to date and enjoyed every one. I find the variety amazing. Your characters are almost touchable the descriptions are so good, and Agent Travis is profound. I hope you continue to write many more as you had me hooked from my first novel. Happy Christmas. Philip

    • That is so good to hear, Philip, and thank you so much for writing and letting me that you’re enjoying it. That has made my day. As for the characters, I am always trying to write people that could be real, people that seem as though they could be known in life. I want someone to finish a book and feel like they’re leaving old friends behind, even when those friends are a little crazy! After ‘Carnival’ there’s ‘Mockingbird Songs’, and I have just finished the first part of a trilogy called ‘Kings of America’, the first volume of which will be published in the UK in 2016.
      Again, many thanks for writing, and for your very kinds words and encouragement, and I send all my best wishes to you and yours for a great Xmas and a superb New Year!
      Roger.

  • Have read 5 of your books, the last of which, ‘Saints of New York’, I finished about 15 minutes ago. Loved it like the other 4 and will read more. I didn’t realise that like me, you were born in Birmingham. I am not far away now, Halesowen to be precise and funnily enough was in New York in May to celebrate my 50th. It is I think a bit of a help if you have been to a place where a novel is set but I like the way you write so I get a good feel for places in the way you write anyway. Must order my next title now. Best wishes, Paul Carew

    • If you were 50 in May, then not only are we from the same city, we are almost exactly the same age (by a month). I have travelled to most of the places about which I write, but – curiously enough – it is sometimes better to see those places for a very short while, otherwise the unusual aspects and idiosyncrasies become ‘routine’ and you lose your objective eye.
      Thanks for reading, Paul, and all best wishes for a great 2016!
      R.

  • Ive read every one of your books and you are one of my two favourite authors. Every book had me enthralled and your style of writing can be almost poetic, even the violent ones! I look forward to many more of your books. Thank you.

    • Dear Gillian,
      Thank you so much for writing, and I am really pleased to hear that you have enjoyed the books! That has made my day.
      The next book (volume one of a trilogy called ‘Kings of America’) is due out in November of this year.
      Hope you enjoy that too!
      Best wishes,
      Roger.

  • I have recently read four of your books in quick sucession. I can not believe you are an English author! Your knowledge of theUSA is amazing. I particularly like the way your books are set in different eras. My favourite has got to be A Quiet Belief In Angels. Keep up the brilliant work .

    • Dear Kim,
      First of all, huge thanks for taking the time and trouble to write to me, and apologies for the delay in responding. Secondly, huge thanks for your very kind words. I am so pleased that you have enjoyed the books you’ve read, and I hope you continue to enjoy them. I trust all’s well with you and your family.
      Best wishes,
      Roger.

  • Good evening Sir ! We met this afternoon in Saumur. I was so thrilled to talk to you, even for a short time. You advised me to contact you to receive one of your novels in English. I don’t know if they’re easy to find in France indeed. I could give you my snail mail address if you wish. That would be so great an honour… Anxiously waiting for your answer, and wishing you the best of luck, Sir !

    • I got this, and I got your e-mail, to which I will reply properly very soon! Great to meet you too, and all best wishes!
      R.

  • Hey there! I’ve been reading your site for a while now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Houston Texas!
    Just wanted to say keep up the great job!

    • Well, here’s a shout back from Birmingham! Great to hear from you and thanks for your kind words, Meredith!
      Best wishes,
      Roger.

  • I have just finished reading Mockingbird Songs, and loved it. I am a big fan of all your books, and wanted to know if there is a possibility of this book in particular being turned into a movie.

    I can already see Matthew McConaughey in the role of Evan Riggs…..

    • Oh, I wish! Thank you for your message and your kind words, Caroline. I am so pleased you enjoyed the book. McConaughey would be superb in that role, and we can only hope. As for films, currently ‘A Dark and Broken Heart’ is near to completion as a screenplay and we have some producers on board, so we keep our fingers crossed. Perhaps once on is made there may be interest in the others. We shall see! Anyway, huge thanks for your support and encouragement. That really means a lot to me. I hope all is well with you and yours.
      Best wishes,
      Roger.

  • Any plans for a new book this year ?

    • Well, Juliet…the new book is complete, and it was scheduled for release in October, but then the decision was made by Orion to delay publication until March of 2017. This was to do with marketing, promotion, their existing publishing commitments and many other factors. It was not my decision. Anyway, it is what it is. The first volume of the ‘Kings of America’ trilogy will be out early next year. Thanks for your message, and thanks for your support. I hope all is well with you and yours.
      Best wishes,
      Roger.

  • Roger, I can’t wait for this trilogy. Read all your books, your writing is exceptional. Thanks for the pleasure of reading them.

  • Je viens de lire :”Seul le silence”. Il y a bien longtemps que je ne m’étais pas laissée “envoûter” si j’ose dire par un livre. Je ne connaissais pas Ellory et ce livre m’est tombé par hasard entre les mains : un chef d’oeuvre …Quel style ! ! ! Impressionnant de vérité… On ne peut que s’imprégner des moments gais ou tristes à en pleurer que nous fait vivre l’écrivain . Quel talent ! ! ! J’ai du mal à me relancer dans la lecture d’un autre bouquin!!! Je le conseille à tout le monde surtout aux personnes qui n’auraient pas encore découvert le plaisir de la lecture ! ! !

    • Chère Anne -Marie,
      Merci beaucoup pour vos mots très aimables. Je suis tellement heureux que vous avez apprécié le livre, et je suis très reconnaissant que vous avez écrit pour moi et partagé vos pensées. J’espère que vous continuez à lire quelques-uns des autres livres. Ils sont tous très différents, bien sûr, mais je suis optimiste que vous les apprécierez. Mes meilleurs vœux.
      Roger.

  • Hi Roger, just finished Mockingbird Songs and LOVED it! The women in the book were terrific, your ‘ladies’ are amazing and your insight into the female mind is quite astonishing. My son introduced me to your books and I have read five so far and enjoyed them all especially Mockingbird Songs and Saint of New York, both superb reads, which I didn’t really want to finish!!!! When I’ve finished a really good book I always feel a bit bereft ..and miss the characters. Luckily I have got a few more of your books to read. BLiss!

    • Oh, that is enormously kind of you, Jenny, and I am so pleased that you have enjoyed those books that you’ve read. Please pass on my thanks to your son for recommending them, and I hope we shall continue as writer and reader for many, many years to come.
      Best wishes,
      Roger.

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