Wednesday, May 24, 2006

New novel

The title of the next novel, after much debate, will be I PREDICT A RIOT. For those of you who don't live in Northern Ireland (or indeed those who do but didn't know about it) - for the past year I've been writing a weekly serial in the Belfast News Letter called 'Belfast City Limits'. It started out as a bit of a soap opera about Walter and Margaret and their doomed attempts to go on a date that doesn't end in chaos, but it soon turned into something else - violence, paramilitary ornithologists, poisonous carrot cake and a detective called Marsh Mallow. The series ended in April after about fifty episodes - but I enjoyed doing it so much that I actually ended up writing something like 132 episodes. These have now been collected together to form the next novel. The change in title was needed because it was just too close to 'Belfast Confidential', and also anything with Belfast in the title is a hard sell anywhere outside of Belfast.
Many thanks to everyone who's been in touch about Belfast Confidential - it has had the best reaction and reviews of any of my books (since Divorcing Jack) in fact.

6 Comments:

Blogger Joshuo said...

Have had Belfast confidential since the release date and i still havent read it.I am saving it for a time when i can be undisturbed and enjoy the "full throttle" of what might be your last Starkey novel.I have a fortnight off starting next week,cant wait.

3:35 pm  
Blogger Ceri_M said...

I started reading Belfast Confidential yesterday on my way to work, I have it half finished but forgot to bring it with me today..

Am loving it so far and have spent a fair bit of time today seethign at myself for forgetting it.

11:40 am  
Blogger klunkster said...

Just finished reading Belfast Confidential,And what a book indeed, one hell of an imaginative roller coaster, from beginning to end. As this was my second book I have read of yours and wasnt dissapionted to find it even more brilliant than 'Driving Big Davie'Keep up the Dan Starky Novels, If only for me, and "Viagra" loving Alec Large

6:09 pm  
Blogger funkyD said...

Ok, trying hard not to sound like an adoring fan, whilst also trying not to say 'I want to be a writer', but it's so hard!! Dan is one of the best literary characters of the last 50 years - and the best part is you never know whether he will survive to the end of the novel! I adore Northern Ireland, used to spend 3 months a year there with work every year, and the books and Dan himself reflect the unpredictable, funny nature of the place. Keep up the good work!!

8:50 pm  
Blogger funkyD said...

Ok, trying hard not to sound like an adoring fan, whilst also trying not to say 'I want to be a writer', but it's so hard!! Dan is one of the best literary characters of the last 50 years - and the best part is you never know whether he will survive to the end of the novel! I adore Northern Ireland, used to spend 3 months a year there with work every year, and the books and Dan himself reflect the unpredictable, funny nature of the place. Keep up the good work!!

8:50 pm  
Blogger peterablitt said...

Reading “I Predict a Riot” at the moment. Why all the f***ing asterisks?

9:39 pm  

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