Wednesday, 21 December 2011

The return of All the Lonely People


It’s now over 20 years since Harry Devlin made his debut, when my first book, All the Lonely People, was originally published. It was a marvellous experience for me, becoming a published novelist at long last, and not surprisingly I have very fond memories, not only of the book but of that whole period in my life.

The book was published in paperback by Bantam, a division of Transworld. When the Devlin series was acquired a few years later by Hodder, a new paperback edition was produced. Sadly, though, this edition has been out of print for quite a while.

This is a common problem for authors – unless they are best-sellers. One’s early books are no longer available in current editions, so it's hard for readers to track down those books. However, I am very happy to say that All the Lonely People will next year enjoy its third incarnation in a paperback edition.

This is because those enterprising publishers Arcturus have decided to include the book in their Crime Classics series. Given that other authors featured include Anthony Berkeley, whom I admire so much, and the likes of Francis Durbridge and Ethel Lina (The Lady Vanishes) White, I am flattered, as well as delighted. I’m fortunate indeed to have a book which has been paperbacked by three different publishers, and All the Lonely People has certainly been a very lucky book for me.

11 comments:

Margot Kinberg said...

Oh, good news, Martin :-). Thanks for sharing it.

Pauline Rowson said...

That's great news. Good luck with this Martin.Have a lovely Christmas and all my best wishes for 2012. Look forward to seeing you at Crimefest and/or at the CWA conference.

Fiona said...

Congratulations, Martin! And well deserved recognition - I was able to pick up a secondhand copy and it made me keen to collect all the Devlin series: that's a considerable achievement for a first book :)

aguja said...

I have read it!! Usually, I have not read whatever book you post on. Fantastic that this book has brought you luck ... may it continue to do so. I enjoyed the characters in this one ( besides the detection and suspense, of course).

Paul Beech said...

Martin, what great news to round off the year! You must be over the moon. But, having produced crime fiction of such ingenuity, charm and humour for a couple of decades now, you’re long overdue a breakthrough, and how fitting it would be if this were led through the re-issue of your debut novel, ‘All the Lonely People’, as an Arcturus Crime Classic. And it could happen – yes, it could – because with your wisecracking Liverpool lawyer Harry Devlin, it’s surely a case of once met, never forgotten. And who could resist that splendidly ‘noir’ cover with turned up collar and cupped flame?

Certainly this is another one for my GTB (Get That Book!) list for next year. And I hope your lucky first novel really cracks open the market for you.

Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

Paul

Dorte H said...

What a great achievement to have your book published a third time! I know that plenty of writers have to self-publish their early novels.

Martin Edwards said...

I'm very grateful to you all for these comments.
Paul, I do like the concept of GTB!
And - I hope to have further Devlin news in the new year.

The Passing Tramp said...

An attractive edition and crime in good company, as you wrote.

Martin Edwards said...

Thanks, Curt.

Elizabeth Foxwell said...

Neat cover, Martin; congrats. Thanks also for the good word on Ethel Lina White, whose work I admire very much.

Martin Edwards said...

Yes, thanks, Elizabeth, I'm hoping to read more of her next year.