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

 

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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!

Product Update (Revised 3rd May)

The following is a list of Lethbridge-Stewart related titles currently under way at Candy Jar Books… (New updates in italics.)

  • Lethbridge-Stewart: The New Unusual by Adrian Sherlock & Andy Frankham-Allen – Will begin shipping out after the May bank holiday.
  • The Lucy Wilson Mysteries: Curse of the Mirror Clowns by Chris Lynch – Will begin shipping out after the May bank holiday.
  • The Lost Skin by Andy Frankham-Allen – Undergoing edits, due for release in June.
  • Lethbridge-Stewart: Lineage, edited by Andy Frankham-Allen – Awaiting delivery on final story, 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!

The New Unusual – Special Edition Pre-Order

Candy Jar Books is pleased to announce that the latest Lethbridge-Stewart novel of 2017, the first of its exciting fifth series, is now up for pre-order, exclusively from the Candy Jar webstore.

The first book (and two subsequent releases) are limited editions, with only 400 copies planned. The New Unusual includes a revised ‘exclusive’ version of The Playing Dead short story. All three limited edition books will only be available to purchase from the Candy Jar Books webstore, and will NOT be made commercially available.

 The New Unusual sees Anne Travers and the team investigate strange goings-on at hippy dream-ins, which sends them to Australia.

Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen says: “Adrian first came to my attention via John Peel, and when Shaun and I discussed the idea of sending the team to Australia, it seemed common sense to have an Australian write the novel.”

Adrian Sherlock says: “That was an idea I warmed to immediately, having always wanted to see Australia more connected with world of science fiction. Australia’s an amazing country, with many exotic and fascinating wonders, so it was a lot of fun to include them in the narrative.”

Continuing a trend started in Beast of Fang Rock and continued in Moon Blink and Night of the Intelligence, The New Unusual takes a look at another aspect of the hippy movement of the late-‘60s, early-‘70s.

Adrian continues: “The New Unusual takes its title from a favourite line of dialogue spoken by the Doctor in the opening episode of the Doctor Who serial, The Mind of Evil. He states that the purpose of the Brigadier’s team is to investigate new and unusual menaces. When Andy first gave me the chance to pitch an idea for the novel, I knew I had to tap into the spirit of the times and that meant a fad or a craze, something the kids were into. Furthermore, I knew there had to be a hint of the mind-bending surrealism of the time, which reflected some of the experimentation with drugs such as LSD. But it had to have an explanation that was right for the world of Lethbridge-Stewart, something unearthly and threatening.”

Once again Anne Travers takes centre stage for the first half of this novel. Shaun Russell, head of publishing, explains: “Anne continues to be a popular character, easily strong enough to lead a book on her own. When planning these books out we like to keep a balance between our two lead characters, and this year we’ve already had two Brig-centric novels and one Anne. This marks Anne’s second major plotline this year, as she continues to deal with the fallout of her father’s death and what effect it has on her place in the world.”

On writing for Anne, Adrian Sherlock says: “I had the idea that Anne knows there is a menace and becomes increasingly determined to uncover it. But in any good story, the main characters encounter opposition when they pursue their goals. It seemed to me that Anne might do what she has to do to succeed, overcoming opposition, yet feeling increasingly that she is unhappy with herself. A crisis comes when any one of us betrays our own values in order to achieve an end. I was fascinated by the notion that she might not like who she is becoming, if she goes too far and leads her friends into too much peril.

And with Lethbridge-Stewart, the story offered a good opportunity to present him as a man in total contrast to the youth of the time and their willingness to seek that which is ‘new and unusual’. I knew that he had to go beyond simple soldiering and face real threats and the possibility of his own death. I knew he had to see himself, to learn a little something about himself, in this adventure into the unknown.”

Blurb:

It’s the early 1970s, a time of change, a time of turmoil, a time of surrealism, LSD and the Age of Aquarius, a time of fads, Moon landings and wars, and the young people of the world are seeking something new – and unusual!

For Anne Travers, an encounter with a so-called ‘dream egg’ is just the beginning of a long nightmare. Her scientific curiosity aroused, Anne begins to probe the secret underground scene known as ‘dream-ins’, where students and others meet to get involved with a new craze and, perhaps, something far more alien to human experience.

And for Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, who finds himself drawn into Anne’s investigations, this probe will lead him and the Fifth Operational Corps to the wilderness of the Australian Outback, to a little opal mining town called Coober Pedy and a search for answers.

The striking cover art, featuring Anne Travers and Bill Bishop is full hippy get-up, is by Adrian Salmon, who says: “I knew my wife would kill me if I didn’t draw the cover. She’s a tough Aussie gal and when I found out The New Unusual was set in Australia, I asked to be the artist to bring Old Tom, Anne and Bill in all their grooviness to life!”

The New Unusual is a limited edition of 400 copies, which includes a revised version of The Playing Dead short story. It is only available from the Candy Jar Books webstore for £8.99 (+ p&p). You can pre-order it individually or as part of the discounted UK bundle for only £26.25 (including postage), saving £9.72, or an international bundle for only £45.00 (including postage), saving £5.97. Or, you can buy it as part of our yearly subscription offer. Order early to avoid disappointment.

The Kindle version of The New Unusual will be made available shortly after.

Also, it’s the final week to get your preview copy of The Lucy Wilson Mysteries: Avatars of the Intelligence. The book will not be made commercially available until March 2018.

 

http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/thenewunusual.html

The Lethbridge-Stewart QUIZ Book – Pre-order now!

Candy Jar Books is pleased to announce The Lethbridge-Stewart Quiz Book. Compiled by Mark Jones, the book collects together trivia from fifty years of the Brigadier’s on-screen life.

The book also includes questions from the Target novels, Big Finish and BBC audio stories, comic strips and the Candy Jar Lethbridge-Stewart novels.

Mark Jones, author of the recent Lethbridge-Stewart free story United in Blood, says: “When Candy Jar asked me to compile The Lethbridge-Stewart Quiz Book I couldn’t wait to get started. The Brigadier is a character that meant a great deal to me and it gave me the chance to watch the UNIT stories over again.”

Like the classic Doctor Who Quiz Books of the 1980s, The Lethbridge-Stewart Quiz Book features over 750 questions on the UNIT era of Doctor Who and beyond. For instance:

  • In the television story The Time Monster what was TOMTIT?
  • Who is attempting to penetrate the Earth’s crust in Inferno?
  • What relation is James Lethbridge-Stewart to the Brigadier?
  • What does UNIT stand for?

Shaun Russell, head of publishing at Candy Jar, is excited about the book. “I remember a trip to Lyme Regis as a boy where I found a copy of the first Doctor Who Quiz Book. For some reason my local WHSmith did not have this book so this made the discovery even more exciting. I don’t think my sister appreciated it though. Asking me questions about Doctor Who was not her idea of fun.”

Mark is revisiting this classic formula, with twelve separate sections dedicated to the adventures of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. He says: “Hopefully, there’s something for everyone and it’s a book that will provide hours of entertainment and a challenge to the old grey matter. It’s a book for dipping into whenever you feel like challenging yourself or your friends – hopefully without too many arguments.”

The Lethbridge-Stewart Quiz Book is currently only available from the Candy Jar website, for £8.99 (+ p&p). All pre-orders will receive a free PDF copy The HAVOC Files 1.

Night of the Intelligence is also released soon and can be ordered individually or as part of the discounted UK bundle (which includes the novels The Daughters of Earth by Sarah Groenewegen, The Dreamer’s Lament by Benjamin Burford-Jones) for only £26.25 (including postage), saving £9.72, or an international bundle for only £45.00 (including postage), saving £5.97. Or, you can buy it as part of our yearly subscription offer. Order early to avoid disappointment.

Candy Jar still has twenty copies of the novella bundles left. The Life of Evans has been posted out, but you can still pre-order The Flaming Soldier and Day of the Intelligence. Order now to avoid disappointment. Only available directly from Candy Jar Books at: http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/thelifeofevans.html

http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/thelethbridgestewartquizbook.html

 

Story Chronology

People often asks what orders our stories come, mixing up both shorts, novellas and novels. Below is the chronological order as it stand currently.

  • October 1935: The Abominable Snowmen by Mervyn Haisman & Henry Lincoln (script)
  • October 1935: Creatures in the Cave/Times Squared by Rick Cross (short, prologue, epilogue)
  • July 1937: The Bledoe Cadets and the Bald Man of Pengriffen by Tim Gambrell (short)
  • September 1937-March 1938: The Forgotten Son by Andy Frankham-Allen (chapter eleven)
  • April 1945-October 1961: Schädengeist’s First Love by Jonathan Cooper (short)
  • Summer 1945: In His Kiss by Sue Hampton (short)
  • Summer 1950: The Dominators by Norman Ashby (script)
  • August 1968: Mind of Stone by Iain McLaughlin (interludes)
  • February 1969: Ambush! by Andy Frankham-Allen (short)
  • February 1969: The Web of Fear by Mervyn Haisman & Henry Lincoln (script)
  • March 1969: The Forgotten Son by Andy Frankham-Allen (novel)
  • April 1969: One Cold Step by Andy Frankham-Allen (short)
  • April 1969: The Schizoid Earth by David A McIntee (novel)
  • May 1969: The Cult of the Grinning Man by Tom Dexter (short)
  • May 1969: Beast of Fang Rock by Andy Frankham-Allen (novel)
  • May 1969: The Dogs of War by Andy Frankham-Allen (short)
  • May-June 1969: Mutually Assured Domination by Nick Walters (novel)
  • June 1969: The House of Giants by Rick Cross (short)
  • July 1969: Moon Blink by Sadie Miller (prologue)
  • July 1969: The Black Eggs of Khufu by Tom Dexter (short)
  • July 1969: Moon Blink by Sadie Miller (novel)
  • July 1969: The Band of Evil by Roger J Simmonds and Shaun Russell (short)
  • August 1969: The Showstoppers by Jonathan Cooper (novel)
  • September 1969: The Grandfather Infestation by John Peel (novel)
  • September 1969: The Last Duty by Christopher Bryant (short)
  • October 25-26, 1969: Times Squared by Rick Cross (novel)
  • October 26-29, 1969: The Lost Skin by Andy Frankham-Allen (novella)
  • October 31, 1969: Eve of the Fomorians by Robert Mammone (short)
  • November 1969: The Wishing Bazaar by Sharon Bidwell (short)
  • November 1969: Blood of Atlantis by Simon A Forward (novel)
  • December 1969: Mind of Stone by Iain McLaughlin (novel)
  • December 23-25, 1969: The Feast of Evans by Simon A Forward (short)
  • December 24, 1969: The Fright Before Christmas by Tom Dexter (short)
  • December 24-26, 1969: Together at Christmas by the Author Collective (short)
  • December 26, 1969: Mind of Stone by Iain McLaughlin (epilogue)
  • December 28, 1969: Slouching Towards Det-Sen/Night of the Intelligence by Shaun Collins/Andy Frankham-Allen (short/prologue)
  • January 2, 1970: United in Blood by Mark Jones (short)
  • January 17-20, 1970: Night of the Intelligence by Andy Frankham-Allen (novel)
  • January 22, 1970: The Life of Evans by John Peel (chapter five)
  • January 27, 1970: Night of the Intelligence by Andy Frankham-Allen (epilogue)
  • February 1970: The Life of Evans by John Peel (chapter six)
  • February 21-23, 25, 1970: The Daughters of Earth by Sarah Groenewegen (novel)
  • March 4, 1970: A Very Private Haunting by Sharon Bidwell (prologue)
  • March 8-22, 1970: The Dreamer’s Lament by Benjamin Burford-Jones (novel)
  • March 26,1970: The Life of Evans by John Peel (chapter seven)
  • April 1-5,1970: A Very Private Haunting by Sharon Bidwell (novel)
  • April, 1970: The Life of Evans by John Peel (novella, framing story)
  • May, 1970: The Flaming Soldier by Christopher Bryant (novella)
  • June/July, 1970: The New Unusual by Adrian Sherlock (novel)
  • July, 1970: The Playing Dead by Adrian Sherlock (short)
  • August, 1970: The Man from Yesterday by Nick Walters (novel)
  • 1974: Ashes of the Inferno by Andy Frankham-Allen (short)
  • January 1, 1990: The Enfolded Time by Andy Frankham-Allen (short)
  • September 2011: Lucy Wilson by Sue Hampton (short)
  • September-December 2011: The Lock-In by Sarah Groenewegen (short)