Mat, can I just say thank you for the very kind review you did of my latest book, 'No Kiss for the Devil' in June 2008. I've only just become aware of it, which probably says a lot about my general state of awareness, or that the Google alert chose that month to go on holiday. Anyway, thank you for the mention, which was most kind.
I admit I’m not the most online person you’re ever going to not meet, but even so ... I do find all this a bit weird. Why do people go to all the trouble of leaving a comment on your page, and then when you reply to it ... they don’t follow it up? Look at the comments below, and you’ll see what I mean.
And look at some of the gibberish themselves - are there some people who, perhaps for religious reasons, only type when they’re drunk?
I've no idea how to edit the "About" section of this page, so just for the record my new website is at http://homepages.phonecoop.coop/matcoward/
At 11:38pm on September 10, 2007, Mat Coward said…
Hello, mrbowski, and first of all thanks for reading all my books! That puts you in a very select group, probably consisting of you, me and my mum.
2017 is not easy to get hold of. I’ve only got one copy left myself, otherwise I’d send you one. The good news is it is still in print - I know that because I still get regular royalties on it - but it was published mainly for the schools market. As far as I know, the publishers don’t distribute it to normal, retail booksellers; instead, it is sold directly to schools.
Are you in the UK? If so, you might be able to get it through your local school library, or whoever’s in charge of book ordering at the school might be able to find a source for you. Other than that, wherever you are in the world, it could be worth trying to order it through Inter Library Loans. (At least, I hope ILL still exists: it’s a system through which any available book, in any library in any jurisdiction, can be loaned to any other library. It’s one of the things you can point to when asked to define the word “civilization.”)
Sorry not to be of more help. I’ll make a note, and if I ever get hold of a spare copy, I’ll tell you. If you do manage to track a copy down, please let me know.
hi mat, i have just finished reading your sci-fi collection so near so far and have read all your other books but i cannot find the childrens book 2017 anywhere! please could you tell me where i can obtain a copy.
Thanks. I've just about got enough for a collection now and I imagine Simon & Schuster might be tempted if the next book does well. But as you suggest, the process of persuading publishers to issue a collection is so frustrating, it feels better just to wait.
I remember that story well, Kevin - a terrific piece. Have you done a collection yet, or are you planning one? I had a collection of my crime stories out a few years ago, and a collection of my SF stories earlier this year; I’m thinking of trying to find a publisher for a second round-up of my crime fiction ... or I might spend the next two years hitting myself on the head with a hammer non-stop instead, which would be less painful and more productive.
Mat, welcome to crimespace. I get what you're saying about friends, but you're responsible for one of the coolest reviews I've had (reviewing a short called "The Window" in Mystery Scene) so you've been a friend to me and it's nice to be able to say thanks.
I see you’re in the RSA, so perhaps you can tell me what happened to a South African crime writer who had a few novels published here in Britain some time back: Wessel Ebersohn. He was writing in the last days of Regime, but since NDR I have never heard a word about him. I loved his books, and would love to know whether there are any more.