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The Spy in the Tower... Printer Delays

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The Spy in the Tower - front cover (from The History Press ) This publishing adventure is quite the roller-coaster ride!! Get all excited over a 1 May publishing date... book trip to London to be there for the release and... now we've got delays at the printer... so it's due to come out on 13 May at this point. Sigh. I can't say I'm completely surprised as fellow author, David Tremain, experienced similar delays with his book on The Beautiful Spy: The Life and Crimes of Vera Eriksen . It was slated to come out in February 2019 and was repeatedly delayed... but finally hit the bookstores on 5 April. So that is the good news... it does eventually make its way through the maze! I've heard rumours that the problem is Brexit... yep... that the printers are on the continent and shipping containers are being held up at the border. Who knows... just keeping all fingers crossed there aren't any more delays! And... I have some promotional appointments whilst

Website Review - All That's Interesting (2019)

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Came across an article about Josef on the All That's Interesting website . It's actually pretty good (all things considered) that summarizes the story of Josef quite well. They reference my interview with the RadioTimes back in 2012, and this seems to be their primary resource. There are only a few minor errors: Josef was arrested in 1938 (not 1939) he fired his pistol (not his revolver - although this is a forgivable error since even the MI5 files use the two terms interchangeably).

The Spy in the Tower - pre-orders for non-UK readers

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The Spy in the Tower - 1 May 2019 by Giselle Jakobs (The History Press) Good news... readers outside of the UK can now pre-order a copy of the book (if you want to...) via the Book Depository site . They have free world-wide shipping! UK readers can still order via Amazon.co.uk . The marketing department of The History Press is also looking at setting up a book signing event in London in early May (when I'm over there). At this point, we're still looking good for a 1 May publication date. More details as I have them (this is becoming a standard phrase of mine). As an aside... I thought researching and writing the darn book would cover the lion's share of the work but... I'm learning something new every day! I believe the real work is just beginning. Whilst in London, I'm also planning to visit some of the sites associated with Josef's time in London and filming some vignettes for each. Bit of the history of each, Josef's time there, and my own im

The Spy in the Tower - T minus 30 days (and counting)

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The Spy in the Tower is slated to come out on May 1, 2019 (in the UK) and so far, all systems are go. I've spent the last month or so reviewing the first proofs, then the second proofs and indexing the whole thing. It's been a bit of a marathon and rather all-consuming. The second proofs had some errors introduced in making the corrections from the first proofs. And so I read everything with a fine-tooth comb... Hoping it all goes smoothly with the second proof corrections and the index... fingers crossed! There's a lot of room for hiccups with the index... The History Press has also sent me a mock-up of the full book cover with dust jacket flaps and a back cover... The Spy in the Tower - by Giselle Jakobs front cover and inside flap - The History Press And the back cover... with inside flap The Spy in the Tower - by Giselle Jakobs front cover and inside flap - The History Press Folks in the United Kingdom can pre-order via the Amazon link on THP website ... North