The Brigadier

Series Five Now Up for Pre-order

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Candy Jar Books is pleased to announce that the latest titles in its Lethbridge-Stewart range of novels are now available for pre-order!

Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen says: “It’s quite an exciting series, with three very distinctively different stories. Each explores very different aspects of the Lethbridge-Stewart universe. A New-Age thriller taking the team to Australia, a ghost story set in and around a haunted manor, and an all-out adventure which pits varied branches of Lethbridge-Stewart’s family against each other.”

Artwork by Adrian Salmon

Series five opens with The New Unusual by first-time novelist, Adrian Sherlock, who wrote the short story, The Playing Dead, in 2016. Andy Frankham-Allen has come aboard as co-writer for this novel.

The New Unusual sees our heroes being drawn to Australia after investigating strange goings-on at dream-ins, mysterious new age gatherings in which people explore their deepest desires through eggs of alien origin. This book features the return of Lethbridge-Stewart’s nephew, Owain.

Cover art by Richard Young

It is followed by A Very Private Haunting by Sharon Bidwell, who is no stranger to writing novels, with quite a CV behind her, including the Lethbridge-Stewart short story, The Wishing Bazaar in 2016.

A Very Private Haunting sees Arthur Penrose finally take ownership of a Scottish manor house that’s been in his family for generations. There are many secrets in the house, but what connects them to the mysterious shadow creatures that Lethbridge-Stewart and his men are investigating?

Cover art by Colin Howard

The series is wrapped off with The Man from Yesterday, by popular novelist Nick Walters, who returns with his much-anticipated second novel in the Lethbridge-Stewart series, following 2015’s Mutually Assured Domination.

The Man from Yesterday sees Lethbridge-Stewart solve a mystery that has followed him his entire adult life: what happened to his father at the end of World War II? When aliens arrive on Earth from a mysterious region of space known only as the Realm, the answers come thick and fast. This book features the return of Lethbridge-Stewart’s brother from another reality, James Gore, and his father, Air Commander Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart!

Andy continues: “This series of books sees our lead characters, in particular Lethbridge-Stewart and Anne Travers, dealing with the fallout from the losses they suffered in series four. The series ends on something of a cliffhanger, which will have repercussions for the series as a whole for a long time.”

Head of Publishing Shaun Russell says: “Series five is the last in the ongoing series for a while, as next year we’re stepping out of the usual narrative to present a special series of novels celebrating fifty years of Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart and Anne Travers.”

The New Unusual, A Very Private Haunting and The Man from Yesterday are all available for individual pre-order now, for £8.99 (+ p&p). Or you can pre-order them 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.

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Sadie Miller Has Arrived!

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CetGfwGWAAAL8waWith Moon Blink on the horizon, author Sadie Miller has become the subject of two première interviews.

One in the pages of the latest issue of Starburst (423). On page 43 she is interviewed by Paul Mount and talks briefly about her familiarity with the Brigadier and how she came to write for the series. The full Starburst interview can read online HERE.

And in the pages (52-54) of the latest Doctor Who Magazine (issue 498) she talks more in-depth with Simon Guerrier. To celebrate ten years since her mother, Elisabeth Sladen, returned to Doctor Who as Sarah Jane Smith, Sadie talks about her life growing up as the daughter of a Doctor Who legend, and how she dealt with her mother’s death five years ago. She also explains why she left acting and turned to writing, and discusses Moon Blink in a bit more detail, revealing something of her writing process and what led to her being commissioned by Candy Jar Books.

“July 1969, and mankind is on the Moon. Both the United States and Soviet Russia have lunar bases, and both are in trouble.

Back on Earth, Anne Travers has learned she is about to be visited by an old friend from America, Doctor Patricia Richards. Lance Corporal Bill Bishop is aware of the visit, and is on hand to meet Richards.

She brings with her a surprise, one which the Americans and Russians wish to get their hands on. But the only man who can truly help Anne, Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart, is away in Scotland.

It’s a game of cat and mouse, as Anne and Bishop seek to protect the life of an innocent baby – one that holds the secrets to life on the Moon.”

Moon Blink is out late April, and it currently available for pre-order directly from Candy Jar Books.

Briefing from the Brig

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web-of-fear-brigNicholas Courtney, the man who brought Lethbridge-Stewart to life, has been interviewed many times over the years, and we’re proud to share with you a rare interview with him from 1996. In it he talks about fandom and his thoughts on the Paul McGann TV Movie, transmitted shortly before the interview was conducted. Recorded by Candy Jar Books at Longleat, the interview was conducted by Shaun Russell, editor-in-chief of Lethbridge-Stewart.

Watch it HERE!

Jo Grant Has a Word

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Brigadier and Jo‘There was just a [chemistry] we found in each [other] that was so strong and it was a blessing, and as Barry Letts often said that’s what a director absolutely prays for; that he picks people who are going to have chemistry and it makes a huge difference on screen, it really, really does. And that chemistry stretched as far as Roger Delgado, Nick Courtney and Richard Franklin. We were strong, and between Jon and I in particular, because we just adored being together and we adored working together.’

The lovely Katy Manning, who played Jo Grant from 1971 to 1973 (and returned to the part in 2010), talks about her time on Doctor Who with the Horror Channel. Read part one of the interview HERE.