You've only got to go to the |National Gallery and look at The Fighting Temeraire to see how true that is. So I thought as I have a book launch coming up a little bit of promo, coupled with some photos of other "good things" would be interesting. A bit like passing the holiday snaps around, I suppose!
So let's start with the cover of the second in The Temporal
Detective Agency stories, called Trouble With Swords. It's published on 8th August and will be available as an eBook and a paperback on both Amazon and from most good book shops.
While I'm at it, the first in the series, Leap of Faith, is still selling and very much available, so although you can still go straight into the second book, it would be great to read Leap of Faith first!
Okay, so that's the selling bit over,,,, except for the odd hint!
I mentioned the Fighting Temeraire. If I'm in London by myself and have an hour or two I almost always nip along to have a lokk at Turner's great painting. I was surprised to see that James Bond and the new Q did exactly the same in "Skyfall".
Let's look at The Gower, a 25 mile long by 2 mile wide peninsular in South Wales. I lived there for many years and love the unspoiled remoteness, beautiful beaches and cliffs. It was the main location for Leap of Faith.
When I was a teenager my cousins and I mapped every inch of Gower and gave each cave, nook, beach, valley and inlet a name.
Some of the rock shapes and caves are really strange and still have a fascination even now. The one on the left was christened The Asimptote for some reason while the one on the right is a walled up cave called Culver Hole, which in Leap of Faith features as a smugglers hiding place.
I still go back twice a year if I can and for some years took my Cocker Spaniel, Benji, along. We walked miles every day no matter what the weather. He's a bit old for long walkies now, but I still walk him every day, even though he's 80% blind and almost totally deaf. We may not go far, and it's pretty slow, but he wags his tail and he's still my boy.
I love holidaying, whether it's ski-ing in Europe and Canada, slobbing out by the pool, or trekking in foreign countries such as Peru.
Canada is very special. For one thing they speak English! It also tends to be well below zero all day long so the snow never melts and remains lovely powder. Europe can get slushy.
I went to Peru about 10 years ago and saw most of the country which is spectacular, from Lake Titicaca to Machu Picchu. Unfortunately I didn't get to see the Naztec Lines. I was also surprised to find that it never rains in Lima. It gets misty occasionally but it NEVER rains.
I also loved Petra, the Lost Rose City. The place is stunning, especially the entrance through a narrow canyon that opens up into the area with The Treasury, which featured in Indian Jones and the Holy Grail.
Amazingly most of Petra is in an enclosed plain that is strewn with broken pottery. There's so much that no one bothers to pick it up even though it's more than 2,000 years old.