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  • 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.

    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 […]

  • 21051813Carnival of Shadows ( review)

    R.J. Ellory – Carnival of Shadows
    “I do love a book that engages my brain as well as my emotions and that is certainly what R.J. Ellory delivers…”

    It’s Kansas, 1959. A travelling carnival appears overnight in the small town of Seneca Falls, intriguing the townsfolk with acts of inexplicable magic and illusion. But […]


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

  • Reading saints. Excellent!!

  • i know you don’t/can’t set the prices on, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    • 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
    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

    • 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.

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