Candy Jar Christmas

It’s Christmas time, the season of goodwill, and Candy Jar Books, the independent publisher of the popular Lethbridge-Stewart series, is entering into the spirit of things by releasing a special advent calendar. Every day until the 25th, Candy Jar will be giving away standalone Lethbridge-Stewart short stories, book samplers, wallpapers and more, completely free, on their website.

Candy Jar have already given away the Lethbridge-Stewart short story collection The Xmas Files, a Cardiff ComicCon chapter from the children’s book The Book SpyThe Lucy Wilson Mysteries wallpaper for your computer, the first chapter of God Bless Hooky Street: A Celebration of Only Fools and Horses, the complete books Lethbridge-Stewart: A Very Private Haunting, The New Unusual, Lost in Christmas by Michael Sloan (creator of The Equalizer) on Kindle, and a short story from Britain’s Got Talent’s Lorraine Bowen’s whimsical book The Crumble Lady. Candy Jar has also started its Christmas sale. Added to this, Candy Jar is offering all customers 20% off everything (except Downtime 2). And that’s just the first seven days.
Subscribers to Candy Jar’s newsletter will receive daily updates containing their prizes, but the calendar is available to everyone at http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/adventcalendar
Children’s Digital Assistant, Keren Williams, explained the thinking behind the advent calendar: “It’s a Christmas tradition that we give away some short stories to our loyal readers, and this year I thought, why don’t we go the whole hog and really spoil everybody? We have enough unseen material, as well as some hidden gems in our back catalogue, to fill Santa’s sack several times over. Whatever your tastes, and whether you’ve been naughty or nice, we have something just for you.”
With the Lethbridge-Stewart series about to enter its fifth year, Candy Jar wants to thank its loyal readership, who have supported the new adventures of the Brigadier since day one.
As Head of Publishing, Shaun Russell, explains: “In our series, the Brig has gone from a beloved, but somewhat forgotten part of Doctor Who history, to an alive and kicking, vital part of the ever-expanding canon. Here at Candy Jar, we’re fans first and foremost, and we’re forever grateful to our readers for embarking on this journey with us. We wanted to give a little something back to everyone who has helped make the series possible. We hope that it will make this a Candy Jar Christmas to remember!”
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The Legacy

We’re very proud to announce that we’re hosting the 100%-free non-profit fan fiction series created by Andy Frankham-Allen, which originally ran from 2001 to 2006.

Simply follow this LINK to download the (almost) entire series for absolutely nothing!

Schedule Update September 10th

A quick update on forthcoming titles…

  • The Short Story Collection – out now! (Please allow 28 days, especially overseas customers.)
  • The Laughing Gnome: Scary Monsters by Simon A Forward – out now! (Please allow 28 days, especially overseas customers.)
  • The HAVOC Files reprint – out now! (Please allow 28 days, especially overseas customers.)
  • The Laughing Gnome: Fear of the Web by Alyson Leeds – Delayed, estimated release now early- to mid-October.
  • Lineage – due for release late-September to mid-October 2018
  • The Laughing Gnome: The Danger Men by Nick Walters – due for release at the end of October 2018

Schedule Update August 30th

A quick update on forthcoming titles…

  • The Short Story Collection – out now!
  • The Laughing Gnome: Scary Monsters by Simon A Forward – shipping next week!
  • The Laughing Gnome: Fear of the Web by Alyson Leeds – on schedule for the end of September 2018
  • Lineage – due for release late-September 2018
  • The Laughing Gnome: The Danger Men by Nick Walters – due for release at the end of October 2018
  • Fifty Years of the Brigadier – scheduled for release during October 2018

Title Updates 7 August

A quick update on forthcoming titles…

  • The Lost Skin by Andy Frankham-Allen – out now!
  • Lucy Wilson Mysteries: The Curse of the Mirror Clowns by Chris Lynch – exclusive Candy Jar Store version is out now!
  • The Short Story Collection – due back from the printers any day now
  • The Laughing Gnome: Scary Monsters by Simon A Forward – will be at the printers shortly, and is on schedule for the end of August 2018
  • Lineage – due for release August/September 2018
  • The Laughing Gnome: Fear of the Web by Alyson Leeds – on schedule for the end of September 2018
  • The Laughing Gnome: The Danger Men by Nick Walters – due for release at the end of October 2018
  • Fifty Years of the Brigadier – scheduled for release during October 2018

 

New Non-fiction Brigadier Book Announced

 

Candy Jar Books is pleased to announce the latest addition to their Lethbridge-Stewart range of titles, and the first non-fiction instalment in the character’s expanding universe, The Brigadier: Fifty Years of Lethbridge Stewart.

Since acquiring the rights to the character of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart in 2014, as well as other iconic Doctor Who figures such as the Great Intelligence, Candy Jar has published over twenty works of fiction in the Lethbridge-Stewart series, with more titles already in the works. Given the enthusiastic response of Doctor Who fans the world over, it would be fair to say that the series has met a long unfulfilled demand.

Head of Publishing, Shaun Russell, says: “The Brig is one of Doctor Who’s most beloved characters, yet over the years, he became increasingly sidelined in theDoctor Who universe. We thought the character had a lot of untapped potential, so we took a punt and started exploring his origins, with the aim of telling the story of what he was up to in the years between his introduction toWho in The Web of Fear, and the formation of UNIT in The Invasion. From the feedback we’ve received from the fans, it seems this was a story they were waiting to be told.”

But as all fans of Doctor Who know, the story is just the start of the appeal; the legions of fan forums, Meet-up Groups, or a brief glance at social media in the wake of new episodes, attest to the fact that unpicking storylines – why did this character do that? What are the implications of this? How does X relate to Y? – is half the fun.

Andy Frankham-Allen, range editor of the Lethbridge-Stewart range, says: “Fan speculation, theories and fiction, is what kept Doctor Who alive in the sixteen years it was off television. And the engagement of the fans is still what makes the series special; Doctor Who isn’t just a show, it’s a community, and it’s a community that loves nothing more than to explore the Doctor Who universe together. We take our role as the custodians of the Brigadier seriously; that’s why our stories revel in the continuity of the show. But we thought there was still one thing missing from our range, and that was something exploring just who the Brigadier is. Over the years, and across the TV show, miscellaneous book series, comics, audio dramas, and our own range of titles, he’s got a lot done. We thought a book that collected his continuity into one place, that explored his motivations, his effect on the universe, and his relationship with other pivotal figures, was something that the fans would love. This has never been done, and it’s long overdue. But we couldn’t just explore our own range; we had to look at the character as a whole.”

Accordingly one of the centrepieces of the book is a collation of the Brig’s television adventures over the years, establishing the definitive chronology of the character for the first time. Put together by Simon A Forward, a Doctor Who writer for over two decades, the piece takes its place alongside a raft of pieces by established Doctor Who names, not least an exclusive interview with John Levene, who played the Brig’s long-time sidekick John Benton, giving a rare behind the scenes look at the experience of shooting Doctor Who’s golden era.

Other contributors include Darran Jordan, Philip Clarke, and a host of names still to be announced. Between them, they explore topics including the Doctor’s relationship with the Brig (and vice versa), the life of Nicholas Courtney (through thirteen objects of personal significance), as well as tackling the thorny question of whether or not the Brigadier counts as an official companion. With a comprehensive approach encompassing all BBC, Big Finish and Candy Jar media, the book looks set to become the definitive reference for this staple of the Doctor Who universe for years to come.

The Brigadier: Fifty Years of Lethbridge-Stewart is only available to pre-order from Candy Jar. 

It is a limited edition release. Order HERE

 

Titles Update May 16th

Title updates: The New Unusual and Curse of the Mirror Clowns have begun shipping, and should be reaching UK homes any time now. Overseas orders will take longer, subject to relevant postal services.

  • The Lost Skin by Andy Frankham-Allen – Undergoing final proofing, due for release in June.
  • Lethbridge-Stewart: Lineage, edited by Andy Frankham-Allen – Awaiting edits, due for release in the summer.
  • The Lethbridge-Stewart Short Story Collection, edited by Lauren Thomas – Currently undergoing proofing, due for release in the summer.
  • The Laughing Gnome: Scary Monsters by Simon A Forward – due for release August 30th
  • The Laughing Gnome: The Fear of Web by Alyson Leeds – due for release September 28th

All titles can be pre-ordered from the Candy Jar website, HERE!